Die Musik ist die Sphäre, in der ich mein Selbst und
meine Wahrheit verteidige
With stomping feet, swinging hips, a drumbeat, and lots of laughter, two Syrian migrants lead a group of Germans and others in traditional Arab dance at a Berlin studio to share part of their culture with the country that took them in
Musician Artist based in Berlin-Germany
Since moving to Berlin in 2015, I worked, performed, and practiced with many international music and movement artists including the Grandmaster Shi Yan Lin, the choreographer, dancer, and director Sasha Waltz , the Master Mohammad Riza Mortazwi , the composer Ziad Rahbani, the Grammy-nominated internationally renowned pianist, producer, and composer Joel Holmes, The Handpan master Zhynea Topov, and with Josh Kun, Nabil Arbin, Simon Schmidt aka Blindsmyth, GOTOPO, Ketan Bathi, Clemens Rynkowski, Hakan Tuğrul, Cymin Samawatie, Davide Camplani, blenard azizaj, Joolz Gale, caner teker, Studio labour, Rafaat Alzakout, Marie-Sophie Kiepe, Ralf Schmerberg, and many others.
I graduated from the technical institute of medicine at Tishreen University in Syria with a diploma in Physiological Rehabilitation “Physical Therapy” in 2014, then immediately I flew out to Istanbul, with a huge inspiration to explore the world and the sounds of percussion music instruments in the city and then later during my walking adventure to Europe after few months seeking a new life, my passion for music and dance supported me a lot, This combination of elements has given me a deep playground to explore contemporary art within the harmony of movement, body, and tunes, so I started studying and practicing the interaction between mind-body-spirit, and between Silence-Sounds.
I consider This an essential part of my work.
With the Covid-19 pandemic ensuing, I had to shift focus and utilized these elements to hold spaces, create healing drum circles, collaborate with different space holders and healers, and create safe group musical gatherings, besides diving deeper into producing electronic music.
Since January 2021, I am a student of Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and Qigong at Shaolin Kung Fu Berlin School. learning more and more about the human body and life harmony, using and upgrading every available method of playing modern drums and dancing in order to use it effectively and positively for individual & social health and growth.
this has been a major focus for me as well.
Now, let us go back a little bit in time, my first Darbouka drum was given to me when I was a 3-4 years old young boy in our tiny house in Damascus by my parents, and when I turned 12, I joined my first official dance group in my life where we performed throughout Syria, then in 2012 while the situation in Syria was escalating, I found in Music a safe space, so I joined “Groove” institute for tempo and percussion, and started to learn the traditional Syrian rhythms Under the supervision of an Academic Specialist musician Mohammed Shehade in Syria-Masyaf.
Before arriving in Berlin, I worked as a professional massage therapist but that was not enough for me, so I took advantage of being in a charming city like Istanbul and opened myself up to play with as many international travelers musicians as possible, in the streets, in the parks, and in many local bars and jam sessions in the city where I upgraded my practical music knowledge.
Today in Berlin, I am a co-founder of “Baynatna” The Arabic Library in Berlin, which has been awarded by 2. PLATZ / POLIS AWARD CAMPUS in 2018, “The power of art 2020” and “Aktiv für Demokratie und Toleranz 2020” Prices together with Fann Magazin & WIR MACHEN DAS, also i work as a curator, and music consultant for the Resident Music Collective in Humboldt Forum in Berliner Schloss.
Since 2016, I have been working and collaborating with the international dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests.
in 2020 , i received the the support of “Durchstarten 2020” das Förderprogramm für neue Expert*innen der Kulturellen Bildung in Berlin, for my first Dance-Music project “DREAMS OF BELONGING” together with the dancer and choreographer Medhat Aldabaal.
in 2021, I was an instrumentalist in the dance production “Karadeniz” by cancer teker where we performed in Internationales Zentrum für zeitgenössischen Tanz Düsseldorf, and during Berlin Art week in HaU theater in Berlin-Kreuzberg, next year “Karadeniz” was performed during “Radikal jung 2022” festival in Münchner Volkstheaters and awarded by the masterclass prize of the festival.
and at the end of the same year, I have been nominated as a member of an international jury for the Artists in Residency Program: Fixing what’s Broken by the Academy in Exile.
in 2022, I joined as part of the DABKEISM project “overlapping body therapy and alternative understanding of family” supported by Dachverband Tanz Deutschland as a live musician, also, I have joined PULSAR COLLECTIVE as an acoustic-electronic percussionist.
now, I am preparing for my new art residency in HaU theater for August-September 2022.
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