Experimental Sound and Music in Kurdistan


Author: space21

Abel Korinsky

Abel Korinsky holds a master degree in sound art from the university of arts Berlin. Together with his twin brother he is founder of studio Korinsky. Abel Korinsky comes from a strong fine art and also sound art background and during his work, he has specialized in media art to widen their artistic horizon. The main interest are the atmospheric and fluid imaginary worlds and the play with the audience’s perception. Every work is defined by its claim of aesthetic sense. The focus is on perception of space trough sound. Therefor Abel Korinsky uses different equipment,& new technology to to experiment with the human perception of sound. Studio Korinsky developed large scale installations in public space and presented audiovisual art internationally. Studio Korinsky presented their works at Ars Electronica Linz, Melbourne Biennial, Grace Cathedral San Francisco, Art Museum Dnipro, Kestnergesellschaft Hanover, and Cathedral of Berlin. More information can be found: www.korinsky.com

Hardi Kurda

Hardi Kurda is a composer, sound artist, improviser, and curator working with sounds of otherness, real-time score, and improvisation strategies. He develops interactive sound projects for public spaces within a range of disciplinary collaborations. Works include “Diagnosis Machine”, Angered Hospital, Gothenburg, “Sounding Carpet” Citadel Old Hammam, Erbil (2018), “Recycling Objects” Universeum Science Centre (2016), “Vibration of Books” Gothenburg Library, “Open Ensemble” Sound Place exhibition, London (2015), “Between me and the other” Maerz Music by Adapter Ensemble Radial system v Berlin (2013), “Game piece for” Estrangement Showroom, London (2010). And, the sound composition “The Latest News” the politics of media for transparent score performed by ensemble recherche in Freiburg- Germany, funded by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.


Walid Siti

Walid Siti was born in Kurdistan-Iraq. After graduating in 1976 from the Institute of Fine arts in Baghdad, Siti left Iraq to continue his arts education in Ljubljana, Slovenia before seeking political asylum in the UK in 1984 where he now lives and works.

The work of Walid Siti traverses a complex terrain of memory and loss, while at the same time of- fering an acute insight into a world, which for him has been a place of constant change. The nar- rative of Siti’s experience, of a life lived far from but still deeply emotionally connected to the place of one’s birth, is one he shares with many exiles. Siti takes inspiration from the cultural heritage of his native land that is crisscrossed with militarized borders and waves of migration.

Siti’s work has been exhibited internationally, at Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, at the Imperial war Museum, London, at Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris, at the Sharjah Biennial, and three times at the Venice Biennale. Yinchuan Contemporary Art Museum, China(MOCA),“Systems and Patterns”, International Centre of Graphics, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Bruges Triennial, Belgium.

His work is included the public collection ofThe Metropolitan Museum, New York. Museum of contemporary Art, Krakow. Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah. The British Museum, London. The Imperial War Museum, London. The National Gallery of Amman, Jordan. The World Bank, Washington, DC. Victoria & Albert Museum, London. The Iraq Memory Foundation. Art for American Embassy program, USA.Barjeel Art Foundation, UAE.

Sharif Sehnaoui

Sharif Sehnaoui is a free improvising guitarist. He plays both electric & acoustic guitars, with (or without) extended and prepared techniques, focusing on expanding the intrinsic possibilities of these instruments without the use of effects or electronics. He now resides in Beirut, his hometown, after more than a decade in Paris, where he started his career as an improviser in 1998, playing at Instants Chavirés as a member of several orchestras. He has since performed his music worldwide and played in many clubs & festivals such as Soundfield (Chicago), Moers, Konfrontationen (Nickelsdorf), Météo Music Festival (Mulhouse), CTM & Maerzmusik (Berlin), FEST (Tunis), Skanu Mesz (Riga), 100Live (Cairo) or Musikprotokoll (Graz).
In Lebanon, he actively contributed to the emergence of an unprecedented experimental music scene. Along with Mazen Kerbaj he created “Irtijal” (www.irtijal.org) in 2000, a yearly international festival that is the oldest improvised and new music festival in the Arab world. “Irtijal” celebrated its XVth anniversary in 2015.
He also runs two record labels: “Al Maslakh” (www.almaslakh.org) devoted to “publish the un-publishable” on the Lebanese musical scene. And “Annihaya” (www.annihaya.com), focusing on sampling, recycling and the displacement of various aspects of popular culture.
His main groups and projects include the “A” Trio (with Kerbaj & Raed Yassin), “Wormholes” an audio-visual performance with Kerbaj drawing live on a glass table, and Karkhana (www.karkhana-music.com), a Middle-Eastern based super-group combining musicians from Beirut, Cairo & Istanbul, and solo on the acoustic guitar using unique percussive techniques. He also works with dance (Atsushi Takenouchi, Omar Rajeh…), theater (Carlos Chahine, Raeda Taha…) and composes music for film (Ghassan Salhab, Mai Masri…)



Magdaléna Manderlová

Magdaléna Manderlová (b.1991 in Czech Republic) is a musician and an artist based in Trondheim, Norway. She graduated from University of Ostrava, Czech Republic, and Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts in Norway.

Her research is based in continuous field work, grounded in the listening practices and acoustic ecology. She looks at sound as a medium through which she senses her surroundings, and collects material of the environment around her. She focuses on the spatial and physical aspects of sound, especially in relation to environment and site – acoustics and architecture, and body – voice. Her projects evolve in site-specific sound installations, audio recordings or performances. She is involved with multiple music projects and bands.



Klaas Hübner

Klaas Hübner, Sound sculptor, improviser and instrument maker Klaas Hübner has developed a body of work, which honors sound as a live-medium with which to craft, shape and play in real-time. He has developed a playful practice reaching from punk to minimalism, which ranges from installation-based works, to live improvisations, to theatre and dance. He performed and exhibited at the Cafe OTO in London, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Darb Center Cairo, the Citadel in Erbil in South Kurdistan and the Music Box Village in New Orleans where his instrument, the Chateau Poulet, is displayed and was musically imbedded into performances of Tony Allen, The Sun Ra Arkestra, Peaches, the Residents, Arto Lindsay, Animal Collective and many more.



Jason Kahn

Jason Kahn, born 1960 in New York, raised in Los Angeles. Moved to Europe in 1990 and is currently based in Zurich, where he is active as a musician, artist and writer. My work concentrates on the idea of space: the conceptual and physical juncture points, its production and dissolution, and our relation to it as a political, social and environmental medium. I use sound, in the context of composition, room installations, public space interventions, radio works and improvisation, to explore these different aspects of space. I see working with space as akin to a plastic medium, something we can shape both as a physical and conceptual form and use to change our perception of the world around us. To a certain extent, my work has a political imperative in that I am hoping to arise awareness of our social, physical and political environments through a focus on sound.


Ida Mårdhed

Ida Mårdhed (SWE, 32 y.) is currently studying her Bachelor in Art at the Academy of Fine Arts, at Bergen University (NO), after working in and outside of gallery spaces with her own practice and theatre works, for the last 12 years.
Her background in activism, journalism and social/pedagogical work are often visible in the social/political aspect of the works, which addresses questions and dichotomies such as vulnerability/strength, terms and means for/of communication, civilization and our behavioural patterns; how we relate to ourselves and each other and how that affects/reflects in our realities.
The media used for her work varies between installation, performance and audio/video – all of them aiming to create contemplation and self-reflection through ritualistic and/or rhythmical structures, often playing with perception and the use of “malfunctioning” material.
She has been presenting her works at Blekinge County Museum (Karlskrona, Sweden), FRANK art gallery, Galleri SLÄTTEN, Freakshow Public Art Project, AltCom Festival and Galleri 21 (Malmö, Sweden), Prärien Art & Cultur Fest (Huaröd, Sverige) and Galeria Zé Dos Bois (Lissabon, Portugal).