With the concert, the Voice of the Free Syrian Children, the award-winning pianist and composer Malek Jandali wishes to give a voice to all the Syrian children suffering in his homeland.
It started as a benefit concert in the US, but eventually he brought the concert on a worldwide tour, and now we can also experience the famous pianist at Olavsfestdagene.
Jandali says about the project to the Huffington Post:
“I believe that everyone has the tools two help, but each person’s tools are different. Mine happen to be music and art, and I feel very blessed and humbled two have the opportunity to use my music two help the children of Syria in this way. ”
He has long been an engaged musician. He was the recipient of the 2011 “Freedom of Expression” award in Los Angeles for his song “Watani Ana ‐ I am my Homeland”, as well as his activism in the Arab Spring movement for human rights and democracy. In 2012, he was recognized in New York City with the Arab‐American Cultural Achievement Award. Mr. Jandali was honored to be the first Syrian ever to receive the 2013 GUSI Peace Prize for his dedication to peace and humanitarian causes.
His latest album “Emessa – Homs’ was inspired by the Syrian people and their quest for freedom and human rights.
He lives in exile in New York USA.
During Olvasfestdagene you can also meet Jandali at the Conversation in the Cathedral together with Dean Ragnhild Jepsen, Fredrik Græsvik, and Petter Skauen, Sunday, July the 27th in the Nidaros Cathedral.