2019 01 15 • A Universe Not Made for Us to premier at DañsFabrik 

Very happy to announce that A Universe Not Made for Us, the dance/music collaboration with my ever graceful Yalda Younes, will be premiering at the DañsFabrik Festival, Le Quartz, Brest, France.

27 FEB 2019 (18:30)
01 MAR 2019 (16:00)
02 MAR 2019 (17:00)

For more information, check the festival website here.

2018 11 05 • Kawalees: Part II to premier at CTM Festival 2019

It’s an honour to share that I’ll be premiering Kawalees: Part II, the second installment of my new solo project, at the 20th anniversary of Berlin’s CTM Festival in 2019.

Kawalees: Part II continues my work in exploring contemporary and novel approaches to Arabic music and the Arabic maqam system, this time using a hybrid virtual/acoustic Piano.

The premier will take place at HAU1 on 31 Jan alongside Rabih Beaini and Pouja Pour-Amin Ensemble.

I’ll also be in conversation with Julia Tieke on 2 Feb discussing my work, the piano and microtonality in Arabic music as part of the festival’s program of talks.

And to dive deeper with both events, I will be contributing a lengthy article to the CTM Festival magazine about microtonality and the cultural assymetries in music technologies, accompanied by a curated playlist.

Many thanks to festival director Jan Rohlf for his curiosity, support and encouragement to make all this happen. It’s super exciting to be able to share so much. 

2018 07 24 • Italy/Switzerland Live Dates Aug 2018

This August, I will be road testing the new Electric Oud Solo element of my upcoming solo project Kawalees at a few shows across Italy and Switzerland. 

Kicking off at Italy’s Experimenta Festival in Polignano a mare on 3 August, the tour will take in Rimini and Carpi, before ending with two “dawn concerts” in Lausanne and Geneva’s Les Aubes at the Bains de Pâquis.

Hope to see you there!

03 AUG 18
Experimenta Festival, Piazza San Benedetto, Polignano, IT

04 AUG 18
Neon Café, Rimini, IT  

05 AUG 18
Coccobello Festival, Chiostro San Rocco, Carpi, IT  

12 AUG 18 (6am concert)
Jetée de la Compagnie, Lausanne, CH  

14 AUG 18 (6am concert)
Les Aubes, Bains de Pâquis, Geneva, CH

2018 06 06 • New website

On this auspicioius day, the seventh birthday of Resonance/Dissonance (2011) and the day of the passing of C. G. Jung (1961), a new website is here. 

All the sections are complete, but a few updates will continue to happen here and there, especially to the archived listing of previous live performances, and the archived interviews. I hope you enjoy looking around.

Please do join the newsletter mailing list if you want to stay updated.

2018 05 18 • Bahrain Pavillion, Venice Architechture Biennale

Join us in Venice this week to hear Spectral Cityscape No 1., my first sound installation/composition, and watch me present my new Electric Oud Solo, as part of the Bahrain Pavillion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Spectral Cityscape No. 1 is an eight-channel sound installation of microtonal synthesis and field recordings, comissioned for and premiered as part of Friday Sermon, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s National Participation at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale de Venezia, curated by Nora Akawi and Noura El-Sayeh.

The composition, which runs every Friday at noon from 25 May – 23 November 2018, takes an abstract look at the pavilion’s topic - the Friday Sermon - within the biennale-wide theme of Freespace. Based on a synthesised rendition of the Friday call to prayer as if heard from above an Arab city’s sprawling architechture, it is inspired by a trip I made to Damascus in 2010 before the war in Syria.

On Friday 25 May the composition will run at midday and will be followed by performances from Giuseppe Ielasi and myself at 16:00. 

For more information on the installation please check it’s project page here.
© 2018 Khyam Allami