As an expert in Syrian music Jumana Al-Yasiri plunges us into the Syrian contemporary music scene through the voices of its musicians. Tradition and modernity come together nowadays in the Syrian music scene, made up of multicultural musicians coming from Syria, Palestine, Armenia, etc. Their compositions which range from classical and traditional rhythms such as the religious chants to emerging ways of expression such as hip-hop, rock and heavy-metal portray a very rich and hybrid music scene.

Ibrahim Suleimani: his passion for rock music has turned him into one of the best guitar players in his country. This fact has allowed Suleimani to participate in important artistic projects with important foreign musicians in other countries such as Lebanon, Jordan and the Emirates.

-Rasha Rizk collaborated with musician Ibrahim Sulemaini before starting her solo career where the balance in the combination of sounds and harmonies from both East and West has become the main feature of her compositions. Her voice is included in the original soundtrack of the movie Caramel.

-Ibrahim Keivo. Although he was born in Armenia, Keivo tries in his music to show the sounds, languages, dialects, cultures and religions which belong to the Syrian music Heritage.

-Nouri Iskandar. This singer stands out for his ability to compose Syrian songs and to perform a wide range of music genres from religious music to pop, rock or jazz.

Wafik Habib. He started his career singing popular and folklore songs which were in connection to music types such as the jafleh, the sheeleh or the mawwal. Later on, Habib has developed his own music compositions which have introduced new rhythms to these styles.

-Hanan Kassab Hassan is the Director of the Opera House in Damasco where concerts of Western and Eastern classical music are performed as well as others of contemporary music. As a Director of this institution Kassab´s major aim has been to bring music closer to the young audiences.

-Shadi Ali: Alhough he has been educated in classic opera, rock is the music genre that has allowed him to combine in his songs the Eastern style with the intensity of the transgressive rock.

-Sham Mc's: This rap band settled in Damasco uses hip-hop as their music expression to talk about their city’s social problems. Their lyrics are in Arab and English.

-Lena Chamamyan: Even though she was educated in classical music, she found her personal style combining Armenian music with traditional jazz. Chamanayan has published several albums and has collaborated with different musicians in other projects.

-Hannibal Saad is the Director of the Syrian Jazz Orchestra. His work is focused on the preservation of the Syrian music Heritage through contemporary music. His orchestra, created in 2005, combines the diversity of the maqam and the Arab traditional music with jazz improvisation.

-Khaled Omran is considered one of the best bass players of his generation. He is one of the main members of the Syrian Jazz Orchestra in which he actively takes part making important contributions such as the introduction of rap songs in some of his performances.

Sabah Fakhri is the master of Tarab. He was born in Aleppo and his wide repertoire includes classic and contemporary Arab poetry and different music types such as the qudood, the muwashahat, the shaabi or the mawwal.

Anas Bou Kos is the son of the lyric singer Sabah Fakhri. He fuses Arab classical music with heavy metal rhythms creating a very personal style where tradition and modernity meet.

Kinan Azmeh was a precocious musician who started to play the clarinet when he was just six years old. His aim to build bridges with other cultures is reflected in his music full of Arab and Western references. He was in 1997 the first Arab musician to win the First Prize at the Nicolay Rubinstein Youth International Competition.


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