Jiraan Ensemble

Sirto

Jiraan is a music group that takes dialogue as a central theme, and seeks meeting points between the musicians and the different musical traditions they represent. And that’s how a very diverse group of Syrian, Turkish, Bulgarian, Iraqi and Belgian musicians find common ground, although they sometimes do not speak a common language.

Sirto is an instrumental form of music played in the Turkish, Greek and Arabic musical traditions and closely related to a folk dance in which the dancers join hands to form a chain or circle, led by a leader who occasionally breaks away to make improvised steps.

This dance is comparable to Hora in Balkam music and Dabke in Arab folk from Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. The project aim to expose the roots of this dance music and enter into a dialogue through improvisation, supported by a jazz sound. 

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Shalan Alhamwy

Syrian violinist and composer. Studied classical and Arabic music in the Higher Music Institute of Damascus. Shalan masters both genres playing and composing. Wrote and arranged music for a plenty of orchestras, ensembles, singers, films and TV shows.
Plays among others with GFVP (Gent Folk Violin Project), Olla vogala, EPO (Expat Philharmonic Orchestra) and Damast Duo.
Former member of: The Syrian National Symphony Orchestra, The National Orchestra of Arabic Music and Damascus Chamber Orchestra.

Led by Shalan Alhamwy, the 12 masters represent a variety of traditions, playing Middle Eastern and Western instruments such as ney, oud, kanun, kemenche, contrabass, violins, singing, piano, accordion, frame drum, drum set, clarinet and saxophone. During the rehearsal and performance process, individual cultures melt away and a feeling of camaraderie emerges. Through improvisation, the group forms a non-hierarchical social microcosm based on compassion and connection in the collective pursuit of beauty. We want to say: Music rises above borders, politics and ideologies.

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Lynn Dewitte
contact@lynndewitte.com
+32 478 66 94 27

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Shalan Alhamwy // SY|BE // violin & artistic leader
Jonas Malfliet // BE // piano & accordion
Damla Bulut // TR|BE // cello
Omar Znkawan // SY|GR // sax & clarinet
Katrien Bos // NL|BE // contrabass
Jaber Fayad // SY|NL // ud
Ibrahim Kahila // SY|BE // viola
Mohamed Al-Douri // IQ|BE // violin
Emine Bostancı // TR|NL // kemence
Galina Velikova // BG|BE // voice
Aktas Erdogan // TR|NL // duduk & ney
Firas Hassan // SY|BE // percussion

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