Okotécho guides the listener into a sonic world brimming with hope, aspiration, and lyricism found in the exceptional interlude between the Middle East, Arboriginal and the West. Under the artistic direction of composer Katia Makdissi-Warren, Okotécho explores mixed music and musical sounds through its own compositions.
The group has recorded soundtracks for film and expositions in Canada, France, Singapore, Korea, Lebanon and created the music for a permanent multi-media exhibit at the Burj-Dubaï Tower in Dubai, the highest structure in the world.
Oktoecho has toured in Spain and in Canada and has recently performed at the prestigious Beiteddin Festival in Lebanon.
Okotécho has appeared at numerous venues : Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal, Festival Présence Autochtone, Festival Séfarade de Montréal, l’Off-Festival de Jazz de Montréal, Palais Montcalm de Québec, Koerner Hall de Toronto.
The ensemble collaborates with renowned international artists such as Naseer Shamma (Egypt), Marcel Khalifé et Charbel Rouhana (Lebanon), Rachid Zeroual (Maroc), Farida (Irak), Peter Herbert (Austria), Lena Chamamyian (Syria) et Sergio Puccini (Argentina) et collaborates also with chamber orchestra such as I Musici de Montréal.
The group’s four CDs include Zeugma, Eponyme, The 5th Blue Route, and Burj Khalifa’s music. The CDs are regularly broadcast on CBC Radio and Espace Musique.
Oktoecho is an award-nominated ensemble. Nominations include the Canadian Folk Music Award 2009 (Best Album of world music, Band of the Year, Best Instrumental Album of the Year); OPUS Awards Record of the Year Jazz and World Music (2009, 2010, 2012).
· Promote Canadian mixed-music musical creation and the interpretation of mixed works by Canadian composers as a producer of concerts, events, recordings, tours. Three main aspects: Middle Eastern, Native and Jewish mixed music.
· Offer specialized music education (Middle Eastern, Native, Jewish) to professional musicians and composers.