Alya Al-Sultani

Alya Al-Sultani is a dramatic soprano, composer of opera and producer based in London, UK. Her first musical experiences were Iraqi folk songs sung by her great grandmother and radio broadcasts of classical Arabic music. After leaving Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war, her family settled in Tottenham, North London where she began to discover the incredible […]

Khabat Abas

Khabat Abas is an experimental cellist, improviser, and composer from Kurdistan Iraq. She moves freely between artistic disciples and possibilities. Her works has taken a broad collection of inspiration including noise, improvisation, classic music, and narrative story, and used them as an individual approach. Khabat’s curiosity and the sense of exploration arise between her lived experience and […]

Hardi Kurda

Hardi Kurda, Composer, sound artist, improviser, researcher, and curator. Hardi’s compositions involve suggestive and unusual sounds. The artist uses, among others, the radio to explore spectrum frequency as sound material. Besides composing classical acoustic and electronic music, Hardi Kurda develops pieces in which music interacts with different art forms in new art spaces to create […]

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. 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 […]

Dark Phantom

Dark Phantom is an Iraqi thrash-death metal band based in Kirkuk since 2009, with 5 members of different nationalities of Kurd, Arab and Turkmen. The band mixes modern extreme metal sound with traditional middle eastern scales and patterns to create a unique sound. The band has played many shows locally and internationally, overcoming many obstacles […]