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Ghazi Abdel Baki

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Born in 1969, Ghazi Abdel Baki started playing the drums at the age of ten in war-torn Beirut. By the age of twelve, he started rigging the balconies of his childhood home with microphones and recording live sounds of gun battles and shelling on a rudimentary 4-track cassette recorder. He spent his time mixing them with his early guitar compositions and created a personal soundtrack of his early years in Lebanon. At 15, he started performing with his band “Amnesia” in Beirut’s thriving underground music scene, performing numerous concerts and getting acquainted with veterans of the local scene, including Munir Khauli, Sami Shabshab, Walid Etayem, Abboud Saadi, and Ziad Rahbani.

In 1988, Ghazi moved to New York and pursued his studies in Industrial Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy. He continued in parallel to play music and still experimented with recording at the University’s studios. Ghazi played with psychedelic rock band “ Nobody’s Fault”, and performed in several venues in Albany and Troy, New York.

In 1992, Ghazi moved to New York City to pursue a Masters Degree in Media Studies at The New School For Social Research. In parallel, he established his first recording studio on Orchard Street and started recording his first album “Crucial”, with fellow musician Ramzi Moufarrej and with the participation of John Benitez on Bass, Bobby Franscescini on Saxes and Bassam Saba on Nay.

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