Alchemy welcomes six young musicians from the Afghanistan National Institution of Music (ANIM) in Kabul for a unique musical and cultural exchange. This creative residency is a partnership between the British Council and Southbank Centre and will comprise of a series of musical encounters offering the young musicians a creative space to collaborate and share musical styles with young musicians from London as well as providing a platform to share their traditional music with the Alchemy audience. Among the key encounters will include time with young London based musicians from the National Youth Orchestra for Indian Music (Samyo) and Southbank Centre’s own Resident Orchestras and associated groups including Tomorrows Warriors. Importantly the residency will connect young people in Afghanistan and London not only through a sharing of music but through their interests and life experiences.
This creative residency comprises musical encounters offering the young musicians a creative space to collaborate and share musical styles with young musicians from London. You can see some of their work showcased at a free lunchtime event on Friday 23 May 2014. 13:00-14:00 in the Central Bar at Royal Festival Hall, and also a second performance on Monday 26 May 2014, 14:00-16:00 in the Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall.
ANIM Students performing at Alchemy
We are very pleased to be supporting the following students from ANIM to perform at the Alchemy Festival 2014.
Eraj is from Takhar, Afghanistan and is 17 years old. He plays violin and ghichak and has traveled with the Afghanistan National Instiute of Music’s ensembles to the United States, South Korea, and Oman. He loved Afghan popular music and Western classical music.
Madeena is from Farah, Afghanistan and is 11 years old. She plays the oboe and has traveled with the Afghan Youth Orchestra to Oman. She is the first female oboe player in Afghanistan and loves Western classical music.
Tahmina, 15, is from Kabul, Afghanistan and plays the violin. She plays in the Afghan Youth Orchestra of ANIM and traveled with them to America and to Oman. Tahmina especially enjoys traditional Afghan music and is also interested in learning about music management and music business.
Matiullah, 17, is from Kabul, Afghanistan and is one of four musical brothers who are all studying at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. Matiullah plays tabla and loves Ghazal music and Afghan popular music. Matiullah’s trip to the Alchemy Festival is his first experience outside of Afghanistan.
Waheed is from Kabul, Afghanistan and is 17 years old. He plays the piano and the harmonium and loves both traditional Afghan music and Western classical. Waheed’s trip to the Alchemy Festival is his first experience outside of Afghanistan.
Ahmad Samim Zafar
Samim is 16 years old and was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. He plays the rubab and has had many opportunities to travel abroad with the Afghanistan National Institute of Music’s ensembles including to Germany, America, South Korea, Denmark, and Oman. Samim’s father also plays the rubab and is very well-known in the music community. Samim loves ghazal music, pop and rock.