Welcome!

News Feed Item

Meet Mayssa Karaa: 'American Hustle's' Arabic Rendition of 'White Rabbit' Wins Award

Lebanese-American Singer, Mayssa Karaa, receives National award for her vocal performance of "White Rabbit" - Arabic rendition in the film American Hustle

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Lebanon's Cultural Minister Gaby Layoun honored Mayssa Karaa with a national cultural award at the American Hustle premiere held in Beirut, Lebanon.  "She has created a significant artistic bridge between our culture and audiences around the world. She has made an impact both in Hollywood and as a role model for young women here and abroad.  In a world filled with sad days, this is one that brings us great joy and pride for Lebanon".

(Photo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140221/MN68940)

Karaa, 24 and recent graduate of Berklee College of music was chosen late last year to sing this new rendition Arabic adaptation of the iconic song by Jefferson Airplane "White Rabbit". The song was written and produced in Arabic by renowned composers and music producers Dawn Elder, Mark Batson, Hanin Omar under the direction of American Hustle's music supervisor Susan Jacobs.  This is the first time Arabic lyrics are highlighted in such a manor in a major Hollywood film. This is a testament to David O' Russell's creative intellect. Mayssa Karaa's vocal performance in Arabic not only surprises audiences but her powerful and haunting vocals have been hailed by critics internationally as one of the movie's most dynamic songs. Her voice conveys the intensity of a pivotal scene featuring Robert De Niro, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jenifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. Karaa's voice not only stays true to Slick's iconic performance, but finds its own unique color and powerful tone making the scene memorable. "This is who I am," says Mayssa, "not Middle Eastern all the way, not rock all the way. I am creating my own style." 

Born in 1989, near the close of a 15-year conflict in Lebanon, Mayssa began singing at very early age in Beirut with her local school choir, and at the age of 7 singled out by the school's music director as one of the most talented out of hundreds. Recognizing her artistic talent, her parents encouraged her to pursue a musical education and enrolled her into the Conservatory of Beirut alongside her regular studies.  Soon after, Mayssa was performing at a variety of events for non-profit charities including UNESCO.

In 2006, as a new conflict embroiled Lebanon, Mayssa and her family felt it would safer for them to return to the United States. Mayssa's father was convinced that music was his daughter's true calling—and insisted she takes an opportunity to audition at the Berklee College of Music. On her first audition, Mayssa was given admission to this prestigious music institute.  Karaa's talents now had the opportunity to flourish and be nurtured. Berklee is alma mater to many of America's top artists. Balancing her Arabic music roots with her classical background, Mayssa found powerful new allies to champion her artistic development, including performing at the French consulate for French diplomats and at the Boston's historic Faneuil Hall for World War II veterans in 2010.

Through another unexpected turn of events, Mayssa was introduced to Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito, who had come to Boston to perform. After a short audition, she soon began touring with him, establishing a lasting bond between them. In the summer of 2013, she joined him in Naples to perform in the forthcoming documentary, "Enrico Caruso: His Life, His Music, His City." 

In her final year at Berklee, Mayssa became a student of the Luminary Arabic music composer, educator Simon Shaheen. Shaheen too recognized an outsized talent, and began including Mayssa in his own concerts tours around the United States and Canada.

At Christmas time in 2011, Mayssa returned to Beirut to give her first official concert at the American University of Beirut's Assembly Hall, joined by two other exceptional Berklee students for a sold out audience. In 2012, she received her degree from the Legendary Glen Fry and members of the Eagles. Mayssa soon began touring US cities with the Berklee World Strings Orchestra and sang a challenging piece by Hafez Nazeri, in Persian featuring the poetry of Rumi.

At Berklee, Mayssa also delved into Greek, Turkish, Middle Eastern, and Eastern European music. With her song writing skills sharpening, she recorded her first pop rock song called "Winter to Spring," a collaborative project with two other Berklee students. Through these experiences, Mayssa's voice has matured to become a staggeringly powerful instrument.

Mayssa's manager, and co-author of the Arabic Adaptation of "White Rabbit" Dawn Elder says, "Mayssa has the capability to cross over like no other artist before her.  The unique colors, perfect intonation, range and grittiness in her voice would be enough alone to make her a stand out star, but it is her versatility in both English, Arabic, not to mention Italian, French and Persian that makes her a one of a kind. This is rather unprecedented especially between Arabic, and English. Her passion for rock music and desire to bring an organic fusion with Middle Eastern music to her songs is both refreshing and exciting.". I knew she was the perfect voice for this song, and collaboration. Mayssa Karaa has gone on to perform the song at numerous premieres for American Hustle from New York to Dubai, stunning audiences with her amazing voice and charisma.  O' Russell, Cooper, Adams, and audiences alike are thrilled with this rendition and what it brings to the movie. 

http://www.amazon.com/WhiteRabbit/dp/B00GXU55K6
http://www.demgmt.com/?p=1228&cat=5

Contact:  

Diane Elder[email protected]
Dawn Elder - [email protected]
Landline: +805 1 963 2415    

Web:
Read more news from Mayssa Karaa
https://www.facebook.com/MayssaKaraa 
http://www.demgmt.com/  

News distributed by PR Newswire iReach: https://ireach.prnewswire.com

SOURCE Dawn Elder Management

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
"We are a monitoring company. We work with Salesforce, BBC, and quite a few other big logos. We basically provide monitoring for them, structure for their cloud services and we fit into the DevOps world" explained David Gildeh, Co-founder and CEO of Outlyer, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The current age of digital transformation means that IT organizations must adapt their toolset to cover all digital experiences, beyond just the end users’. Today’s businesses can no longer focus solely on the digital interactions they manage with employees or customers; they must now contend with non-traditional factors. Whether it's the power of brand to make or break a company, the need to monitor across all locations 24/7, or the ability to proactively resolve issues, companies must adapt to...
"Loom is applying artificial intelligence and machine learning into the entire log analysis process, from start to finish and at the end you will get a human touch,” explained Sabo Taylor Diab, Vice President, Marketing at Loom Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
After more than five years of DevOps, definitions are evolving, boundaries are expanding, ‘unicorns’ are no longer rare, enterprises are on board, and pundits are moving on. Can we now look at an evolution of DevOps? Should we? Is the foundation of DevOps ‘done’, or is there still too much left to do? What is mature, and what is still missing? What does the next 5 years of DevOps look like? In this Power Panel at DevOps Summit, moderated by DevOps Summit Conference Chair Andi Mann, panelists loo...
"Tintri focuses on the Ops side of the DevOps, which basically is pushing more and more of the accessibility of the infrastructure to the developers and trying to get behind the scenes," explained Dhiraj Sehgal of Tintri in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo taking place Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 21st International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is ...
In the world of DevOps there are ‘known good practices’ – aka ‘patterns’ – and ‘known bad practices’ – aka ‘anti-patterns.' Many of these patterns and anti-patterns have been developed from real world experience, especially by the early adopters of DevOps theory; but many are more feasible in theory than in practice, especially for more recent entrants to the DevOps scene. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Chair Andi Mann, panelists discussed...
A look across the tech landscape at the disruptive technologies that are increasing in prominence and speculate as to which will be most impactful for communications – namely, AI and Cloud Computing. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Curtis Peterson, VP of Operations at RingCentral, highlighted the current challenges of these transformative technologies and shared strategies for preparing your organization for these changes. This “view from the top” outlined the latest trends and developments i...
The current age of digital transformation means that IT organizations must adapt their toolset to cover all digital experiences, beyond just the end users’. Today’s businesses can no longer focus solely on the digital interactions they manage with employees or customers; they must now contend with non-traditional factors. Whether it's the power of brand to make or break a company, the need to monitor across all locations 24/7, or the ability to proactively resolve issues, companies must adapt to...
"We focus on composable infrastructure. Composable infrastructure has been named by companies like Gartner as the evolution of the IT infrastructure where everything is now driven by software," explained Bruno Andrade, CEO and Founder of HTBase, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Hardware virtualization and cloud computing allowed us to increase resource utilization and increase our flexibility to respond to business demand. Docker Containers are the next quantum leap - Are they?! Databases always represented an additional set of challenges unique to running workloads requiring a maximum of I/O, network, CPU resources combined with data locality.
For organizations that have amassed large sums of software complexity, taking a microservices approach is the first step toward DevOps and continuous improvement / development. Integrating system-level analysis with microservices makes it easier to change and add functionality to applications at any time without the increase of risk. Before you start big transformation projects or a cloud migration, make sure these changes won’t take down your entire organization.
Cloud promises the agility required by today’s digital businesses. As organizations adopt cloud based infrastructures and services, their IT resources become increasingly dynamic and hybrid in nature. Managing these require modern IT operations and tools. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Raj Sundaram, Senior Principal Product Manager at CA Technologies, will discuss how to modernize your IT operations in order to proactively manage your hybrid cloud and IT environments. He will be sharing bes...
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks. We’re in the midst of a wave of excitement around AI such as hasn’t been seen for a few decades. But those previous periods of inflated expectations led to troughs of disappointment. Will this time be different? Most likely. Applications of AI such as predictive analytics are already decreasing costs and improving reliability of industrial machinery. Furthermore, the funding and research going into AI now comes from a wide range of com...