Katia Makdissi-Warren honoured by her peers and partners alike! Moving between Sufi, jazz and classical music, the Oktoécho ensemble and Moroccan singer Anouar Berrada will project listeners into the allegorical world of Arx, an imaginary clandestine city where diversity coalesces in calls for a poetic gathering. Katia Warren, a close collaborator of the FMA for two decades, has written memorable pieces for several of the Festival’s top productions. Razzias, Charabia, Algorythmes and, more recently, Qudud Flamenco all come to mind, works that have linked this tireless composer and conductor to the Festival du Monde Arabe in an approach to music joining the Western orchestra and Eastern instruments.
An innovative composer, Katia Makdissi-Warren drew attention on the national and international scene by her unique style, where the music of the Middle-East, the West and Native America meet. Furthermore, in 2006 she founded the Oktoécho ensemble, specialized in cultural mixing, for which she regularly composes in addition to being the artistic director. Her aesthetic of fusion drove her to work regularly – at once as composer, ensemble director and performer – with the Native American, Arab and Jewish communities.
While staying deeply committed to diverse cultural communities, Katia Makdissi-Warren is extremely active in the milieu of contemporary music, having received ensemble orders from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Beirut National Oriental Orchestra, I Musici de Montréal, the McGill Chamber Orchestra and the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+). Her works are regularly played by performers and chamber music ensembles beyond Canadian borders, in France, Germany, Lebanon, Morocco, Singapore, UAE, Argentina and Spain.