Rony Barrak Resume

      "A SUBLIME VIRTUOSO"...(By Roger Ebert)

A new sparkle lighting the space of percussion!Rony is privileged with the title of Honorary Citizen by The City of Dearborn, Michigan, USA.

Born in Lebanon in 1971, Rony Barrak held his "Darbouka" (Middle Eastern tabla) at the tender age of four and began playing it intuitively. Led by early self-confidence, he made his first TV performance at the age of seven and then proceeded to improve his skills through school and family performances. At the age of seventeen, Rony distinguished himself in the world of music by winning the Gold Medal in a competition on LBCI television for talented young musicians in Lebanon and the Middle East. This achievement encouraged him to unleash the "Darbouka" from the chains of its long-standing traditional context and explore its full potential. He moved to London in 1990 where he studied orchestral percussion and drum kit at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and later taught Middle Eastern Percussion at Trinity College of Music. He also performed on stage with other musicians, embracing a wide variety of styles including classical music, jazz, and Latin rhythms.
In the course of his career, Rony became involved through performing, touring and recording with great figures such as Sarah Brightman ( Harem world tour of 110 concerts in 2004) Dave Grusin, Don Grusin,Patrick Leonard,Vanessa Mae,Bond, Jaz Coleman, Fairuz, Ziad Rahbani, Abboud Abdel Aal,Talvin Singh, Richard Galliano, Art Lande, Nelson Rangel, Alex Acuna, Ibraham Loberial, Derek Nash, Justo Almario, Oscar Neves, Cyrus Chestnut, Antonio Forcione,Eduardo Niebla,Ara Gevorgian, Arnie Roth etc.
Blending eastern and western flavors, Rony became a versatile percussionist. In addition to being one of the world's leading darbouka players, he assembled a percussion set that included djembes, cajon, bongos, udu, clay pot, cymbals, and parts of a drum kit. He also incorporated into his performances unfamiliar equipment such as car parts, demonstrating an ability to create melodious and harmonious combinations out of found objects. He has recently achieved a breakthrough success with the Symphonic Game Music Concerts as well as "PLAY" - a video game symphony.

However, classical music remains Rony's first love and provides the basic framework, technique, and musical grammar for most of his work. In this capacity, he has performed as a soloist and recorded with several orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the FILMharmonic Orchestra of Prague, the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, a Toronto Orchestra and choir, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the WDR Radio Orchestra of Cologne, the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2009 he performed with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra a world premiere of his composition, "Beirut Sensations," conducted by Michael Butterman.

Performing on stage, Rony is a composer who arranges music as he plays, integrating evocative improvisations that appeal to all the senses. He is a sought-after performer at prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room in London, the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago, Macky Auditorium in Colorado, the Stockholm Concert Hall in Sweden, the Hummingbird Centre in Toronto, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Koln Funkhaus Wallrafplatz and Kölner Philharmonie in Cologne, the Rudolfinum Concert Hall in Prague, and the Casino Du Liban in Lebanon. He served as a Musical Director and Composer for a Saturday night show (Iktachafna el Baroud) on LBCI TV-Lebanon in 2006 and on (What the viewers wants) on MBC TV 1997.

He has participated in various workshops and conferences like the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado, to which he has been invited yearly since 2003,and at the American University of Beirut, the conference on "Ziad el Rahbani & Fairuz" 2006.

Rony produced his debut album entitled "Aramba" in 1999 followed by "Karizma" with Michel Fadel in 2005- distributed and published by EMI Records. His latest new album "Darbouka City" has been recently released in November 2009, distributed and published by EMI Records.
In addition, Rony has made many TV & Radio Broadcast appearances including interviews & solo performances, affiliating his charismatic flame World wide .

Rony Barrak is endorsed by Zildjian Cymbals, Kevork for Middle-Eastern percussion, Tribes Drums, and The Drum Shop in Boulder,CO-USA.

Updated:  April 12, 2010

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