• Black Box teater
  • Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival
  • 7.–16. March 2019
  • Performances, installations, talks,
    seminars and festival club
  • Wael Alkak (SY/FR)
  • Opening concert

  • Thursday 7,21.00

Wael Alkak is an experienced creator of unique electronic music that combines genres and cultures. Since 2013, he has been performing all over Europe, travelling between Paris, where he lives, to cities such as Berlin, London and Copenhagen. During his live sets, he mixes the music of his own albums with new electronic compositions. His live performances blend tradition and modernity, where synthesizer-sounds and bouzouki melodies produce a transcendent style, inviting bodies to let go.

Wael Alkak was born in Syria in 1982. After graduating from the Damascus Conservatory of Music, he became interested in Syrian popular music at a very young age, practising a multitude of instruments such as bouzouki, percussions, saxophone and keyboards, as well as digital music. Driven by democratic values and overwhelmed by the frozen elitism of the art world in his country, Wael Alkak participated in the first pacifist demonstrations in 2011. As a result of these events, he composed his first musical album Neshama, a contemporary collective project that interprets traditional rhythms in electronic versions. Here, he combines folk music with classic Arabic music, drawing inspiration from revolutionary anthems born from pacifist demonstrations. His second album, Men Zaman, was released in 2017.

  • Free entrance
  • Norwegian premiere
  • Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
  • Music: Wael Alkak
  • Production: Latitudes Prod