Common Ground

Alternative Rock


Press Release

In a crisis that has left 70,000 plus dead, countless more injured and over one million refugees fighting to stay alive, it is imperative to find a common ground and to gather all efforts to decrease the level of suffering. The New York Based, Syrian born, singer-songwriter, Rami, via his project Tristâme, hopes his latest charity release, Common Ground, will inspire others to take notice of the civil war that still grips his homeland.

The crisis in Syria and the urgent need for help and resources was the motivation to compose a 4-song digital EP based on themes connected to Syria, personal experiences, its past and hope for its people’s future. As the title of the EP implies, the intention of the collection is to find a common ground far away from politics and conflict.

The idea of a charity EP came to Rami while working on new music in South America in November 2012. He states that, “suddenly music became a refuge from all sense of powerlessness and helplessness that I and many Syrian friends have felt. It became a gateway from all the negativity in the news and provided an opportunity to channel my energy into something positive – a cathartic experience that in the end would provide help to fellow Syrians in need”.

The EP, which was co-produced, recorded, and mixed by Jonathan Jetter at Right Angle Recording, New York, NY. in February and March 2013, encompasses a range of emotions and musical expressions. From “Last Curtain Call” (a farewell and a tribute to all who have passed away, with a simple acoustic arrangement garnished with a string trio), to the more complex and layered sound of “Euphoria”, Common Ground is a powerful sonic journey from beginning to end. The heaviest and quietest moments of the collection are found in the track “Distant Brothers”, about the turmoil of sectarianism and a plea for unity. The EP closes with the positive pop-rock track “Age of Hope” written about the simpler times during Rami’s childhood in Damascus, Syria. The song includes the last vocal melody Rami ever wrote on Syrian soil.

Common Ground is available through CD Baby and all major online digital music retailers worldwide starting April 23rd. All proceeds from the sales of the EP will go to organizations helping Syrian refugees.


Music & Lyrics by Rami
Additional Musicians:
Jonathan Jetter: Guitars, Bass, Keys
Kenny Shaw: Drums
Alfrida Tozieva: Viola
Hannah Hens-Piazza: Violin
Paul Leiner: Cello



I took to the streets
in Euphoria
As my heart beat

And Ever so loud
Ever so sweet
This thunderous beat

Years of distorted stanzas
and meaningless mantras
drown under new thoughts

As my vocal cords
reverberate words
new to my ears

And I realize
That I have a choice
No more deriding
the thoughts on my mind

To Change my life
I challenge my mind
I challenge my life
to free my mind

Distant Brothers
I have a plea for you
The closer I step
The further you get
No matter what I do,
I am to you a stranger in your land

Reassure this tired mind
that never ceased to try
I extend my trembling hand
Only to meet deep condescension
and a doubting face

We are entwined
in land entwined
in life entwined
in time despite…
all our differences
all our dissonance
all our history
all our loss

Last Curtain Call
The curtain came down
it’s time for the end of the show
you had a starring role
so beautiful yet so shortThe future could have been bright
we saw such promise in your eyes
it’s so hard to face
this endless silence

As a new day dawns
your smile lingers on the horizon
in the empty hall
your words echo like a memory
like a fading memory

Final echos die away, that’s all
There will be no last curtain call.
No chance for last words or thoughts
No last good bye, no

But the story has to go on
(The story must be told)
your story has to be heard

Good bye
Age of Hope
Once upon a time there was an age
of hope and mystery
rising with all our tales of bravery
our strongest weapon was our mind
vast imagination to save and seize the day

Oh how I’d love to go back
and relive our sweet insanity
hush, a secret,
hush no one’s allowed in our secret realm
hush we are the kings of our world

reaching all the corners of the world
through our bedroom walls
guided by our heroes’ ghost
no one could understand our tongue,
currency, or goal
we were there
to seize the day

Go through every emotion
with no sign of inhibition
run as fast
and run as far
no one could stand in our way
run as far
as the edge of the world