Friday, December 17, 2010

HIV AWARENESS CONCERT - or how Leila played with her seven new lovers

One week has passed.

It took us a one month of extensive work to prepare for a concert that would last for one hour – but damn it was worth it.
Me and omaya would leave work early so we catch up with Firas and Carl at Andre’s place, who would already be working on the protools files with an electric piano, rearranging the music, restructuring the songs – writing parts for 3 violins, 3 cellos and a double bass. Getting the notes from protools, writing note and  lyrics on top to give it to the musicians for cues and intonations. We had made an announcement few weeks earlier that we need cellist and violinists, and we got to meet these amazing 6 - Ramzi/ Nady/ Reef/ Nadiejda/ Anastasia/ Corrine and Miles who was legally back to Beirut a day prior to the concert. This concert was supposed to be the next thing we do after Byblos, and we wanted it to be flawless...

during practice - one week prior to the concert
Hamed was designing the poster – we were practicing twice a week – in between writing songs – and the concert only lasted for one hour – a one fucking amazing hour.
The concert was supposed to be a fundraiser by SCORA for HIV patients to d their CD4 tests every 6 months – one week before the concert the posters were printed and we sent out a message on facebook – hoping a lot of people will come to the concert and contribute for the cause – the concert was sold out 2 days before the event [850 tickets] – and many more showed up at assembly hall to watch the event.
The event raised 20,000 $, that is 400 CD4 tests for HIV positive patients.

Thank you for the support. It meant a lot for us - 

the concert - Assemby Hall - AUB - Dec 9
Here’s the message we sent on facebook.

“Once upon an overnight project, always an overnight project. 

This one time, not so long ago - we had this communal epiphany - less of a visual calling, more of a flash-forward...

We could have sworn on Leila's honor that we had our own orchestra, we can - but we didn't. We woke up, called upon violins, cellos, and a double-bass, rearranged things we've done until Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, sounded like right amounts of Something Blue and we want you to come watch.

On the occasion of World AIDS day, we are playing a concert accompanied by a String Septet at the Assembly Hall [ AUB ] thanks to SCORA (The Standing Committee On Reproductive health including AIDS), part of LeMSIC (Lebanese Medical Students’ International Committee), in collaboration with the Office of Communications at AUB on Thursday December 9th 2010 at 8:30pm

Ticket prices: 25000 L.L. for students and 40000 L.L. for non-students.

Tickets will be sold at AUB (outside West Hall) and in USJ-Faculte de Medecine, starting December 1, 2010 till December 9, 2010. 
[on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th, tickets will be sold at all branches of Roadsters Diner and Deek Duke]

All proceeds from this event will go towards the HIV/AIDS fund at AUB-Medical Center Out Patient Department, and Hotel Dieu de France.

Here’s the event page on facebook - share it -
For more info

WORLD AIDS DAY is to remember that HIV is around - Maintaining the awareness of the necessary knowledge for prevention among people is a must. 

Show support against HIV/AIDS discrimination.

Spread awareness.

Spread the word.