BROUKAR was founded in 2007 in Damascus, SyriaThe city of Damascus has long been one of the Arab World’s center for cultural and artistic innovation, especially in the field of classical Arab music.
The group plays traditional Arab music (singing and instrumental music), with secular and religious topics as well. Indeed, Sufi singing comes from Sufism, a practice of Islam, and is directly associated with the Whirling Dervish dance. This dance is based primarily on the rotation and hand movements in reference to the name of God.
The dervish ceremony represents a mystical journey of man’s spiritual ascent through mind and love to “Perfect”. Turning towards the truth, his growth through love, desert his ego, find the truth and arrive to the “Perfect”, then he return from this spiritual journey as a man who reached maturity and a greater perfection, so as to love and to be of service to the whole of creation, to all creatures without discrimination
of believes, races, classes and nations.
This is dervish way of conveying God’s spiritual gift to the people upon whom he looks with the eyes of God. Revolving around the heart, from right to left, he embraces all the mankind, all the creation with affection and love… It starts with an eulogy to the Prophet, who represents love, and all Prophets before him. To praise them is praising God, who created all of them
The musicians are all part of several Arabic orchestras, teaching Arab music and have studied in prestigious schools as the higher Institute of Music in Damascus.
BROUKAR is the name of an ancient hand made precious fabric from Damascus.
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A POLITICAL TABOO. Paléo Festival Switzerland 2012
We do not talk about politics. This is the slogan , sometimes tacit , often expressed in a whisper , this Village of the Middle Eastern world . Tuesday, Omar Souleyman was hiding his doubts behind eternal opaque glasses. He moved so little, in the aisles of Paleo Nyon Festival (Switzerland), it gave the impression of a blind walled country sounds. He dodged the inevitable. About a country ‘s own, whose current full and whose tragedy continues to overflow its own borders . Omar Souleyman , force animating weddings, sometimes chanting the name of Syrian presidents , learned his speech. The music free from the world around him .
Mirkhan Tawfik fro the group BROUKAR, 28, is from a different generation . also from Syria, but in practice the same gesture a music imperturbable classicism and the dance of the Arab world, where he saw his young prodigy . There eight months, he has chosen Doha , Qatar. He was so good on his instrument – qanun thousand sympathetic strings – the Emirate has transferred as wins the legs of a footballer. Tawfik teaches warm while his country reach an unprecedented boiling point. He was surprised the plane that took him to Switzerland to see on every one of every newspaper images of his own who sank .
Tawfik plays old music for several centuries. With Broukar group, based modes as the palaces of Baghdad, or even those of Cairo Casablanca shape giving them a focus . He joined his orchestra in a dervish dancer, whose anthracite dress twirling in the wind. It waltz in the direction of the earth. Pointe a hand to heaven , the other to the ground, linking God to his creatures. As if the Sufi mystic, the hermitage of consciousness, brought the real issues . Those contingencies do not affect .
So when we meet Tawfik before his concert , we already said that when immersed know do not wear it , either, to review ongoing fighting . He seeks his words. ” We do not talk politics. ” The opposite would be surprised . “And yet , artists should be a reflection of their time.
When we play traditional music , we draw from a deep heritage, we are sad that the only images released today Syria are those of war. Syria is not a photograph of a corpse in the news . ”
This is not a geopolitical analysis , certainly. But music also serves this purpose . Put distance where there is only an emergency.
Le Temps. July 29, 2012
Translation: Artways Productions