Chloé Fakhoury carries the bowels of the tones in her soul and the endurance to transform the gloom of her country into an atmosphere of celebration and sweet consolation. She thus founded the social club Bacchus, with the aim of organizing music fairs in the residents’ homes and gardens thanks to the project “A concert in your living room”.
You have to be reckless to dream about music. You must persevere to make your dreams come true with a smile in a world at home that is sinking deeper and deeper into darkness. This is what Chloé Fakhoury’s music projects produce, so that a more peaceful Lebanon rises from its ashes thanks to the arts, and to give wings to tomorrow’s generation.
How did the idea for the social club Bacchus come about?
Bacchus Social Club is a cry from the heart, it is a response to the surrounding gloom caused by the economic crisis, the health crisis, successive confinements and other crises that have wiped out our humanity. Then there was the explosion in Beirut harbor and its material and psychological impact. Faced with this collective pain, I decided to put some light into the darkness of everyday life and bring comfort to people through music. I founded the social club Bacchus, which aims to organize music fairs in residents’ homes and gardens thanks to the project “A concert in your living room”. It’s my way of giving back some zest for life, making people discover unusual or historical places by bringing Lebanese culture and heritage to life.
Where are the music fairs?
My first music fairs took place in houses, I wanted to pay tribute to all these homes that were destroyed after the explosion in the port of Beirut. Faced with the enthusiasm aroused by these concerts, I decided to expand my musical activities to other places such as town halls, crypts, museums… although the houses remain the characteristic feature of the club.
How are the talents selected?
I always work with confirmed artists, but I am also sensitive to promising talents. In principle, I collect information about artists as soon as they have news on social networks or through press articles mentioning them. Sometimes I am contacted by musicians who want to collaborate with the club. In addition, I also invite people who practice sculpture or painting to come and exhibit their works; that was the case with the sculptor Sabine Karam. Bringing together people who win by working together excites me; I think this hyphenated role perfectly matches the goals of the Bacchus social club.
Can you tell us about the last show?
My last music room is called Dolce affetto, with soprano Marie-José Matar, baritone Bruno Khouri and pianist Élie Sawma. I proposed it to the town hall of Zahlé within the framework of the Al-Karma festival. This salon was devoted to the most beautiful arias and love duets composed by Mozart, Poulenc, Gounod, Verdi, Donizetti, Puccini, Léhar, etc.
Do you think these events make a difference to Lebanon today?
Of course, because in times of crisis, war, social upheavals, music helps to gather the group and bring people together; it is a form of communication between people, it is a “social tranquilizer”. Music is a sign of hope, of dreams, of a better tomorrow, because you always have to think that there will be a way out. But what also makes all the difference is the fact of transforming houses into lyrical and symphonic halls, thus making it possible to redefine the use of private space and to democratize art music, while bringing a glimmer of hope into homes! These sound frescoes fill the living rooms, promote exchanges and make it possible to redefine a new human dimension based on sharing and solidarity.
Where do you find the strength to continue?
I don’t get my strength from anywhere, rather it is these music salons that give me strength, courage, emotions, happiness… I consider them a form of resistance through music, because music is not a simple object. of consumption, it allows man to develop and deepen his human dimension; he therefore becomes more tolerant, less narrow-minded and more capable of autonomous judgment.