Elias Lammam is a sought-after accordionist, vocalist, and composer from Beirut, Lebanon. Before moving to the U.S., he toured as a featured soloist with notable singers Rageb Alame, George Wasouf, Ghassan Saliba, Joseph Noumnoum, and the well known Lebanese raqs sharqi dancers Amani and Samara. Mr Lammam's compositions have been heard on Middle Eastern television dramas and commercials for companies including Coca-Cola, Gillette, and Lipton Tea. He served as band leader for the Escoba Nightclub in Dubai for 10 years, and later taught music and managed a nightclub in Beirut, Lebanon before moving to the U.S. in 1999.
Currently Mr. Lammam teaches and performs throughout the United States as a soloist with various artists, including a recent performance with singer Asala Nasri of Syria, and performances in various music festivals. He performs regularly in the Bay Area with The George Lammam Ensemble and others at public and private events. He is a highly respected instructor of classical and contemporary Arabic music, theory, and performance, and has taught Arabic music and theory at U.C. Berkeley and other esteemed music schools. He has been a featured music instructor for five years at the Mid-East Dance and Music Camp in Mendocino, California. He currently teaches private and group classes in the San Francisco Bay Area, and reconstructs accordions to play the micro-tones used in Arabic and Near Eastern music. His accordion music was featured in the score of the 2009 film Amreeka and can also be heard on various CDs released by The Georges Lammam Ensemble. His acclaimed 2002 album "Selsebil" with Bashir Abdel Al is available in CD format by mail (using Paypal link below) and in mp3 format on iTunes.