Ghassan Elias Rahbani is a producer, lyricist, composer, arranger, orchestra conductor, pianist, and singer. He is a member of the prominent Rahbani family well known for their musical contributions to Lebanese music through the decades including inspiring and nurturing songstress Fairuz whom Assi Rahbani would marry.
Ghassan was raised in a family of musicians, by his father Elias Rahbani. He started his involvement with music very early in his life and began compositions between the age of 7 and 10.
At the age of six he started his classical piano courses under the guidance of his teacher Mr. Agop Arslanian, followed by Solfege theory, both traditional and modern harmony, contre point, fugue, musical analysis, and orchestration.
At the age of 11, he sung along with his brother Jad Rahbani, famous long playing songs composed by their father "Elias Rahbani", containing 13 of what became famous kids songs on which many Lebanese in the 1970s grew up listening to such as, "Kellon Indoun Sayarat", "Toll' Eddaou al Wawi", "Ammy Bou Massoud"...etc.
He also pioneered in combing of Hard rock in music in Lebanon and the Middle East.
He spent the first 10 years of his career writing and composing this genre. He started his activities at the age of 15 by launching his first album (in English) followed by the second and third at the age of 16 as a solo artist.
At the age of 17 in 1981 he formed "Wild Haze" along with George Hayek (guitars and vocals), Anthony Ghantous (bass), Serj Estephan (drums and vocals), in the middle of the Lebanese war which has affected a lot his ideas in heavy metal music.
Wild Haze's first album At Last the First Ghassan's fourth album was called for being the very first heavy metal English album in the Middle East under the name of a band and not as a solo artist, this album has been left unreleased for internal conflict.
it appeared only on Cassettes. Wild Haze performed at Mont La Salle (1982), USEK university(1983), George V theater (1984). The band broke up in (1984).
At the same year, he created The Ghassan Rahbani Group. "GRG" took the audience by storm specially with its one step ahead performances and stage appearances starting with the unforgettable "Dog river rock concert" in 1985, followed by " The Casino du Liban rock concert" in 1986. The musicians that went thru "GRG" were many... Guitarists : Marwan Nahle, Habib Sleilati, Mario Ashy, Kabalan Samaha, Nabil Heshy,George Hayek and Alain McDessi. Keyboardists : Jad Rahbani, Hadi Sharara Jean-Claude Issa. Bass : Anto Katerjian, Tarek Kabbani, Andre Segone, Roger Abi Akl and Richard Fawaz. Drummers : Nanoo Khoory, Tony Samaha, Ramsey khattar, Michel Matar, Johnny Badran, Sammy Jureidini, Walleed Taweel and Sako Sagherian. The actual "GRG" members are : -Anto Katerjian (Former, Manager) -Ghassan Rahbani (Keyboards and lead vocals) -Alain Makdessi (All Guitars) -Richard Fawaz (Bass) -Sako Sagherian (Drums).
-In 1987 GR. won the press prize in the International song contest in Sopot - Poland, performing 2 of his compositions.
-In 1990 the imposed "fake peace" in Lebanon pushed GR to express his pain, thoughts and ideas in the Lebanese Language beside the English singing defending ecology and criticizing authorities, Lebanese and Arab governors. In this field "GRG" Knew lots of hits written and composed by GR such as : Vitamine, Mamnooh, Kossitna bhal mujtamaa (Lyrics Ghady Rahbani Music Ossama Rahbani), Baladyyet Beirut (Lyrics Assad Rustom and Mr Mansoor Rahbani Music Ossama Rahbani), Shteghel, Iza Zaajak Sheelo, Wen'elkon nehna meen, Tareek el mataar, Maaly Lwazeer, Sentel 2000 part one and two and El jamhoor aayez kidah.
-In 1997 a big turning point in GR's artistic career was his first historical musical epic "HANNIBAL" which he wrote and composed with more than 60 actors on stage directed by Mr. Yacoob Shedrawi. This historical epic played around 12 months in Lebanon and then moved to Tunisia for five performances inaugurating the 33rd Carthage summer festival and the Madina festival.
Ghassan Saleeba played Hannibal's role, Ranya Ghosen El Hajj played Imilsa, Joseph Boo Nassar played Scipio Africanus, Pierre Dagher played Maharbaal along with 60 actors and dancers. "HANNIBAL" is considered to be a turning point in the Lebanese and Arab theater for dealing with it from a different angle, a lots of renovations were made in the "HANNIBAL" epic such as realizing the hole life of a hero from birth until death within 2 hours, working on the scenes from a cinema point of view, first to show real battles between soldiers fighting on stage, mixing hard rock to classical scenes.
-In the year 2000, GR played the role of Judas in "And He roses on the third day" musical by Ossama Rahbani, written by Mr . Mansour Rahbani and directed by Marwan Rahbani.
-"The 4 CATS" band, was his last innovation formed late 1997. Until nowadays both "The 4 Cats" and "GRG" are going stronger, # 1 in Arabian top charts as long as CD selling. -GR has more than 120 English and Lebanese recorded songs (90 English, 30 oriental). 3 music soundtrack for movies. More than 60 live indoor and outdoor concerts were made until the present day by "GRG" in Lebanon and all around the Middle East. 7 CD's were released under the name of "GRG" and Ghassan Rahbani as a solo album. -In summer 2001, June, GR and Ziad Rahbani joined together in the "Mneeha" concert at "Mont la Salle" joining around 10.000 spectators in two consecutive nights.
-In 2002 GRG has released the heavy metal video clip talking Lebanese called "Al Jamhoor Ayez Kidah" -In February 2003 GRG has released a special Valentine Video clip R'n'B style in English called "Without Ur Love" shot in Beirut.
LBCI has produced the latest GRG Video clip "Karn El Alfen" (part III of "Sent El Alfen", Song) Shot in Beirut in the BUS, the classical part shot in Saint Joseph Cathedral, Monot, with collaboration of 100 Choir and 50 classical musicians and of course it was an honor for GRG to have Elias Rahbani as a special guest in their Video Clip.
In 2003 GRG released the "Al Bayda Wil Takshira" Album containing 15 tracks all in Lebanese, talking about politics, ecology...
November 2003 Ghassan Rahbani has launched his new play called "Kama Aala El Ared, Kazalika ...Min Fawk" at the Casino du Liban Theater, the Story was written, composed,arranged, directed, recorded, mixed and played by Ghassan Rahbani, with more than 70 actors, dancers and technicians.
2006 GRG he released its heavy metal Album called "www.redpeace.braindamage" containing 16 tracks from heavy to blues and ballades + A bonus cd containing one song "I'm dead" dedicated to the soul of Gibran Tueini.
His 2006 album was "Kermal laam Bimootoo" in which he collaborated with his father.
In 2007 GRG has released the political video "el horriyeh bi'id el khawaja btejrah" later that year Ghassan has signed the soundtrack of the 4cats "lion and 4 cats". 2008 spring, GRG has release "nahna hon min 3ich" dedicated to Armenian people"
-2009 U can watch "Come Back To Me" The new music video on all local and satellite TV Stations
-2009 GRG has released their double Album Untiled www.redpeace.braindamage version 2
-2012-Current Ghani Ma3 Ghassan is a TV talent show, presented by Ghassan Rahbani on Al Jadeed New TV. www.Aljadeed.tv
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