[ View the story "Playing for peace in Syria" on Storify] Playing for peace in Syria
The Stream· Wed, Oct 30 2013 10:35:17
Award-winning Syrian-American composer and pianist
is renowned worldwide for his original compositions that blend traditional Arabic melodies with the Western orchestra.
Malek Jandali Freedom Qashoush Symphony مالك جندلي حرية سيمفونية القاشوشmalekjandali
He is the first Arab musician to arrange the oldest music notation in the world, that was featured in his album "Echoes from Ugarit".
Echoes from Ugarit: Malek Jandali مالك جندليworldpianomusic
At the outbreak of the Syrian uprising in 2011, Jandali composed "
Watani Ana" (I am my Homeland), highlighting the suffering of the Syrian people.
Malek Jandali: Watani Ana مالك جندلي: وطني أناmalekjandali
In July 2011, he performed it in Lafayette Park, across from the White House.
Malek Jandali \ Watani Ana \ White House \ July 23 \ Syrian RevolutinFreeSyriaNow42
Soon after, Jandali's parents' were
by three men in Homs and their house was ransacked. Jandali believes his pro-opposition performances were the reason for these attacks. His parents have moved to the United States since then.
Jandali has been campaigning for children who have suffered from the war. He recently embarked on an international benefit tour,
The Voice of the Free Syrian Children
. This tour was inspired by his most recent visit to Syria in October 2012, where he met children affected by the war over Eid.
مالك جندلي يدخل الأراضي السورية المحررة Malek Jandali enters Syriamalekjandali
Malek Jandali has been been performing to full houses around the United States. He recently thanked
, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch for attending his performance in New York:
صـوت أطـفـال ســــــــوريــا الأحـرار مع الغــالـي أبـو الـحـكـم Malek Jandali - مالك جندلي
Honoring one of the great Heroes of American Journalism, Marie Colvin, who sacrificed her life in Homs searching for the truth about the Syrian revolution.Malek Jandali - مالك جندلي
Through his concerts, he
to encourage people to donate to causes that focus on Syrian children. Over
children have been displaced by war and recently the United Nations
incidents of a polio epidemic in the region. This infographic from Save the Children summarises how the war in Syria impacts children:
@AJStream @MalekJandali @mmbilal What is his post-war plan to bring back music to the children of syria nd connect them to Ugarit's history?Emma Odia
@AJStream @locke 4 Malek Jandali for @9musesnews When you close ur eyes&play,thinking of children of Syria, what does your music express?Keri Douglas
@AJStream @locke4 Malek Jandali for @9musesnews If music can be used as torture, would you share how music can heal, create peace, give hopeKeri Douglas
Others looked at the role of Syrian artists in bringing attention to the crisis:
@AJStream in terms of succession, I do not think people realize what art can do for #Syria. Some just think a painting isn't going to cut itAmr | ابو الميز
@AJStream Art is therapy & MJs efforts are commendable. PTSD experiences of Syrian children are refugee camps, tanks, missiles & cemeteriesalhaji chodi
@AJStream i do believe that artist like @MalekJandali & @Offendum are successfully bringing international attention to the crisis in SyriaHagerEL
@AJStream Yes of course. The world only hears the latest pop culture, so its safe to say the means of communication can make an impact!Aseel
@AJStream it evokes emotion, builds a cause but again repeated graphic war messaging makes many indifferent as they get used to these imagesIvan Chuma
@locke @AJStream It's so important to allow Syrians to express theemselves, without the media speaking on their behalf. And what better way?swimlittlefish