Thank you for being here.
I first sat down at a piano in Beirut, Lebanon at the age of four. When the Lebanese Civil War broke out, my upright piano doubled as a barricade at night, but I kept playing and practicing throughout the war. I moved to New York to escape Lebanon’s ongoing violence and signed my first recording contract (with Columbia Records) in 1992. I spent the 90s as a producer and keyboardist, working on remixes for artists including Miles Davis, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Diana Ross, and Björk.
At the turn of the millennium, I put my music career on hold to enter the political arena. Although I’ve spent more than two decades as an activist, writer, and an adviser to presidential and congressional candidates, music remains my passion, and I find spiritual strength and comfort at the piano. I’ve recorded a number of solo improvisations and posted them here alongside contemplative quotes and my wife Leela Daou’s beautiful photos. I hope they bring you peace and healing.