“We are in Beirut, in the fifties. Pianist and composer Abdallah Kamanja has just received a letter inviting him to Vienna to present to Hofman, the piano maker, his invention… the oriental piano! ”
For an hour on stage, Zeina Abirached drawing and reading and Stéphane Tsapis at the piano narrate in images, words and music, the fate of this piano, the only one of its kind in the world, which allows the quarter tones of oriental music to be played on a piano keyboard.
Echoing the journey of Abdallah Kamanja and his bilingual piano, a veritable link between the music of West and East, the narrator will tell of her own journey between her two mother tongues, French and Arabic.