Wael Alkak

As a Syrian composer born in 1982, Wael Alkak is an experienced author of unique electronic music that combines genres and cultures. 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, and 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, combining folk music with classical Arabic, inspired from revolutionary anthems born from pacifist demonstrations.

Since 2013, Wael Alkak has been performing all over Europe, between Paris, where he now lives, Berlin, London and Copenhagen. He presents during his live set Neshama (2012) and Men Zaman (2017) which he mixes with new electronic musical compositions. His new EP, Mawal & Ladana, is released in 2019. Wael Alkak draws his repertoire from the folklore of the Levant (Chaâbi). His live performances mix tradition and modernity, where synthesizer sounds and bouzouki melodies produce a transcendent style, inviting bodies to let go.