Music - 2019
Born in Tunisia in 1983 into a family of musicians, Zied Zouari started to play violin at the age of seven. He won the first prize for children-performers in Tunis in 1996, and the gold medal at the Festival of Young Creative Artists in Kram (Tunisia) in 1997. In 1998 he represented Tunisia at the first Encounter of Young Arab Musicians in Dubai where he was awarded the gold medal. His professional career began with the great Lebanese singer Wadih Al Safi in 1999. Endowed with a solid music schooling, Zied arrived in Paris in 2006 where he rubbed shoulders with artists from different musical backgrounds and performed with well-known names such as Sylvain Luc, Daniel Mille, Bojan Z, Manu Théron (cantates des rives), Thione Seck, Mathias Duplessy (Duplessy & the violons of the world), Dorsaf Hamdani (Barbara Fairouz), Emel Mathlouthi where he met Imed Alibi. With him, Zied co-produced, composed and arranged the Safar album, in collaboration with Justin Adams. As solo violinist Zied has performed in Carthage Festival, but also in a number of prestigious halls in Paris: Institute of the Arab World, the Zénith, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Théâtre de la Ville and La Cigale. Zied Zouari obtained a PhD in music and musicology from the Sorbonne (2014), a DEM in Jazz from Paris CNR (2012). In 2015, he was awarded the best performer prize at Festival des Journées Musicales in Carthage (JMC) for his solo concert. He has been the first Arab musical director of an Opera in France (Kalila wa Dimna of Moneim Adwan, a production of Aix en Provence Festival, 2016). He is also the soloist of Goran Bregovic for the new project « Three Letters from Sarajevo » (2017). Although Arab-Oriental music is his chosen field, Zied is very much inspired by Jazz, electro, and rock music. Because of his fusion approach, influenced by a variety of styles ranging from Afro-Arab and Indo-Turkish traditions to classical music, Jazz and World music, he is one of the references in contemporary violin repertoire in Arab music. His stage experience and his double culture make Zied Zouari a specialist in music crossover. His solo concert that toured all over Europe in 2014 is an invitation to a journey towards an atypical artistic universe of an exceptional violinist. After his first album Maqâm Roads (2017, Accords Croisés), Zied is currently working on his new album entitled Electro Btaihi to be released in January 2020.