Kinan Azmeh (clarinet), Dima Orsho (voice), Issam Rafea (oud)

The name of this ensemble says it all: Hewar (Dialogue in Arabic). It is an attempt to transcend the barriers of musical disparities and misconceptions. This is achieved through a unique musical exchange between different musical personalities (using each individual instrument as the only means of this musical communication), reflecting an approach that is as musically-based as much as it has social and political references and subtexts. Bringing together an amazingly fresh and diverse musical palate and influences, and drawing from an array of musical traditions, namely Arabic, jazz, scat, opera and classical music; is what makes it a truly unique venture. The band, building on the acclaimed individual talents of each of its members, juxtaposes and meshes these musical styles to create a truly one-of-a-kind genre-breaking music. The musician-personality driven approach, justifies Hewar’s ostensibly strange and eclectic line-up comprising Oud, Clarinet and Soprano. This makes for a distinctively unique sound, a sound that allows for an open-ended dialogue between Arabic music, jazz and western classical melodies, a conscious decision by the band’s members.

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DIO Trio

Dima Orsho (Voice) Essam Rafea (Oud) Omar Al Musfi (Percussion)

Three towering talents. Three strands of musical influences. Three charismatic individuals. One trio. An acronym of its three members (Dima, Issam, Omar),

If the term “larger than the sum of its parts” had ever applied, it would have to apply to this unique conglomeration of musical virtuosos. Each brings their own nuanced musical taste and training, which they manage to masterfully combine this into a blend of eloquent and erudite music, music that touches the soul and expands the mind. It was only natural for the three to collaborate. For not only are they good personal friends: They had been colleagues during their studies at the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus (since 1995), as well as having jointly performed in a great many works together.

DIO offers a varied repertoire, rooted in the rich and diverse musical heritage of the Arab Middle East—both ancient, and contemporary. This comprises stanzas and the classics of Arabic music by the most renowned historical and contemporary composers; as well as original compositions by the trio’s members. The result is a music steeped in cultural heritage, modern and sleek in presentation, yet also nuanced, soulful, and authentic.

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Leish Troupe

Leish Troupe is one of the few independent and experimental theatre groups in Syria. Its performances have already won a variety of international awards.

Artistic Team: Noura Murad, Shadi Ali, Dima Orsho, Radwan Taleb, Saeed Al-Ahmar.Performers: Hasan Douba, Hoor Malas, Nagham Mualla, Nawras Othman.Administrative Team: Atyaf Mahdi, Andreea Muscurel.

Leish Troup