Dr. Mohamed Abdelwahab Abdelfattah
Abdelwahab is a composer and an educator. He graduated with a "B.A." from the College of Applied Arts of Helwan University in Egypt and went on to attain second and third B.A. degrees from the Faculty of Composition and Department of Ear Training "Solfege" at the Cairo Conservatory with "Excellent Honors" in 1986 under Gamal Abdel-Rahim,. He was appointed to the faculty at Cairo Conservatory in 1987, and he later obtained his "M.A". from the Academy of Arts University in Cairo in 1990. Abdel-Wahab received a scholarship to study composition & experimental music under professor Dieter Kaufmann in Austria where he obtained the highest qualification in composition, "Magister Artium" under Dieter Kaufmann from "Musik & Darstellende Kunst Universitaet in Wien" with "Ausgezeichnetem" in 1996. This degree was transferred to "PhD" in 1998. After his return to Egypt, he was promoted at the Cairo Conservatory to assistant professor in 1989 and to associate professor in 2003. He is currently a "Visiting Faculty and Composer in Residence" at Boston University's School of Music.
Abdel-Wahab is a multidisciplinary artist combining many fields in his compositions such as: poetry, painting, photography and cinema montage, and present them simultaneously and unconventionally, using computer technology. He is very interested to compose experimental composition. He mixes the tone color of Egyptian traditional melodies with sound effects of machines, tools and daily-life ambient sound. He offered his first experimental and acoustic music concert in Egypt under title " Basamat" at the Cairo Opera House, (November 22, 1999). He offered too the first electronic music concert with live Cairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by him under title "Tonalism", performing with collaboration of Japanese Foundation in Cairo June 05, 2003. His works has been covered in both public and cultural media where he has been quoted as being is an all-round comprehensive artist and a multi-media music pioneer in Egypt and the Arab countries. He is the first Egyptian composer to write a composition in modern graphic notation under the title "Monamnamat" Nine Miniatures for "String Quartet No 2", Premier in Rome (December 2, 1999), (Listen) and "Agwaa II" for solo Oboe. He is too the first Egyptian composer who writes composition with a specific music notation for the Deaf. He has established a chamber percussion ensemble from the Deaf students in Egypt where he conducted them to perform a visual music composition under title "Wamadat" in a public concert at Cairo Opera House in March 29, 2005.
Over the last
few years, Abdel-Wahab has focused on research, and published two books
about "The Art of Orchestration" and creating the sound. In his most recent booklet " Seeing the Sound", published in two volumes, (AA), 2005, he writes
about his unique experience related to embodied art and music. In this book he
discusses new sound and musical terms, what he calls, "Sound
Scenography", "Sound Theatricalism & Cinematization,"—the translation of the
dramatic feeling of sound into a specific visual display upon the stage. He wrote too various scientific articles in Arabic cultural journals about contemporary composition and how to find practical
functions for music within society. His interests include writing educational
under title Visual Music for the Deaf and comic music under title "Qahqaha" for depression. He has cooperated with some
Egyptian biologists and physician to study the effectiveness of the vibrations
on the human bones and the sound frequencies on blood pressure and brain
function. He composed a therapeutic work utilizing water sound effects for
depression, performed at a private hospital in Cairo, (2006). He wrote also paper on the interaction between jazz and Arabic music (2007).
combines eastern & western elements, reflecting his view of the importance
of cross-cultural experience. Beyond merely
creating art for art's sake, Abdelwahab envisions a vital social role for his
art in establishing cross-cultural dialogue and understanding, particularly
between the western and Arab peoples.