Elias Zazi was born in Beirut 1964, theorist in music, composer, teacher of
music and music critic to a daily newspaper in Södertälje-Sweden.
Elias began his hobby as a disc jockey in 1981 and two years later he wan the
competition "Stockholm's best DJ 1983-1984" that was arranged by the in-spot
place called Studion in St. Eriksplan in Stockholm.
In 1985 his interest of Oriental music awaked. Elias Zazi who rose in the
sixties in Lebanon had already acquainted to the Arabic music and the Syriac
Orthodox Church music. At the beginning of the eighties he began his studies of
music and its bases. In 1994 he composed the music of "Alfo Gabe D Howelan" (lyrics
by Malfono Touma Nahroyo) which became a dance piece for the theatre group Ha
Nison called "Warm soup with politics". In 1995-1996 he composed "The
Dream sonata" the first Syriac musical operate in two acts which played on
the stage of Estrad-Södertälje in May 1996.
After the Dream sonata Elias began his studies of the western music. He studied
the western music's theories, harmony and contra-point and more, and wrote many
pieces of western music and a Cantata, a choir's multiple-voices songs with a
chamber music orchestra. In 1999 he accompanied his studies with sessions in
composition at the composer John Lidström and wrote many small pieces (Cradle's
song, March) and a cantata for choir song with multiple voices together with a
chamber assemble, moreover he composed some melodies for different occasions.
From his works we may mention the song of the cultural Assyrian house "Mardoutho"
and even the half-hour's musical program, which opened the congress of the "Democratic
Social Party" which took place in Södertälje year 2000 where "Invention" and "Ema
Safrone g zomrina". Elias' latest production, "String
Quartet in E minor", was performed on the stage of Estrad in
Södertälje-Sweden in November 2003 and was very appreciated by the audience and
the critics who considered it the best of Zazi's works in the form of western
Elias Zazi, who works as a Laboratory Engineer at AstraZeneca in
Södertälje-Sweden, has many other interests next to music. Besides writing in
the local newspaper he wrote a history book about the history of Assyrian/Syrian
people and their emigration in Europe. This book was requested by the
municipality of Södertälje in 1997.
In Elias Zazi's music you feel the combination of the eastern and the western
style. He is highly inspired of the Lebanese music of the
Rahbani brothers, the Syriac orthodox church music and the western chamber
music that have been composed of the romantic-period's composers. Audition from
Swedish Radio International (Xeno)