Alex Wakim, a composer based in NYC, has been exploring different ways to tell the story of Dust and Ions, and has just, alongside his collaborator Yara Zgheib, been selected as 4 out of 601 applications, for publication with Rose Metal Press:
“In a true story that beautifully combines flash pieces, poetry, and music, writer Yara Zgheib and composer Alex Wakim grapple with two coinciding events that occurred in Beirut on August 4, 2020: the largest non-nuclear blast in modern history when 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in a port warehouse and Comet C/2020 F3, or NEOWISE, one of the brightest comets to ever approach Earth, appearing in the sky shortly after nightfall.”
This will be a hybrid book, with both a physical book (with music), as well as an audiobook. Alex is extremely excited to share this work with the world, here’s a trailer of the off-Broadway version of Dust and Ions, before its adaptation as a book.
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