Renowned visual artist Kevork Mourad in partnership with Kinan combined art and music to depict the tragedy of Syria as well as the beauty of the region during Al-Bustan's Arab Music Concert Series world premiere of Roads to Damascus. Also, this was one unique performance featuring two of Philadelphia’s finest jazz musicians Barry James on keyboards and David Brodie on bass. Roads to Damascus is a very stimulating and entirely recommendable pairing of Arab music, jazz, and visual art.
|Maroud's signature black lines|
turn into beautiful images
He began his work, with his signature black line and continued to build upon the initial black line to create multiple images in concert with the dramatic sounds of the drums, cello, violin, bass and piano. Although many of his scenes featured heroic equestrians on magnificent horses or refugees fleeing the chaos, he also created a sense of lightness and hope as his images and the musicians' splendid performances unfolded the stories of strength and resilience of the people of this region.
|The beauty of Damascus captured through music and art!|
Cynthia Arnold, Marketing/Outreach