Oktoécho guides the listener into a sonic world brimming with hope, aspiration, and lyricism found in the exceptional encounter between Middle Eastern, North American Aboriginal and the Western musical expressions. Under the artistic direction of composer, Katia Makdissi-Warren and inuit throat singer Lydia Etok, Oktoécho explores a musical landscape and musical sounds through original compositions.
Tours include Spain, Morocco and Canada, and recently performing at the prestigious Lebanese Beiteddin Festival to an audience of 5000. Additional venues/festivals include in Montréal, the Festival du monde arabe, Festival Présence autochtone, Festival Séfarade, l’Off-Festival de jazz, Palais Montcalm de Québec, Koerner Hall/RCM and Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.
Collaborations with renown international artists include Naseer Shamma (Egypt), Marcel Khalifé et Charbel Rouhana (Lebanon), Rachid Zeroual and Amina Aloui (Morocco), Farida (Irak), Katia Guerreiro (Portugal), Lena Chamamyian (Syria), Sergio Puccini (Argentina).
Soundtracks for film and exhibitions include Canada, France, Singapore, Korea, Lebanon. Katia created the music for the permanent multi-media exhibit at the Burj-Dubaï Tower, the highest structure in the world.
Oktoécho is an award-winning ensemble. Nominations include the Canadian Folk Music Awards 2009 (World Music Album, Band and Instrumental Album of the Year); Opus Awards — Jazz and World Music Album (2009, ’10, ’12) and laureate in 2019 for Saimaniq.