wael kodeih was born in nabatieh, lebanon in 1979. he holds a master of professional studies in applied arts from the academie libanaise des beaux arts (alba), a post-diploma from the ecole nationale superieure des arts deco (ensad) in atelier de recherche interactive, and a master 2 of research in contemporary art and new media from the université de paris viii. since 2002, wael goes by the pseudonym “rayess bek,” one of the major performers of hip hop and urban music from the arab world. wael is an author, composer, and interpreter, who has released seven albums and performed more than 300 concerts worldwide. he also participates in residence programs in creative writing in europe, the united states, and the middle east, where he gets the chance to meets and learn from such artists as rodolphe burger, frank fitzpatrick, and miles copeland. in 2012, wael produced goodbye schlöndorff, an audio-visual performance that combines intimate messages that were recorded on cassettes and sent to loved ones in times of war, with short sequences from the film circle of deceit and its making-of directed by volker schlöndorff.