A unique, super divers string orchestra that brews Western and Eastern music traditions. Western structures, harmonies and bow techniques, together with middle Eastern and Balkan ornaments and improvisations. Picea Orientalis represents a music genre that didn’t really exist before!
Supported by De Centrale, Shalan started world music ensemble Jiraan which includes musicians from different nationalities, who play together with one language: music! Together they represent what connects them: subtle melodies from East and West, swirling tunes and breathtaking improvisations.
With accordionist Jonas Malfliet, Damast duo brings together a wide repertoire of Arabic and European folk music and inspired originals.
In 2018 the duo recorded their first album Safar, a musical journey between Syria and Belgium.
MuSiKa: Musical audio guide
Shalan was commissioned by De Centrale and MSK (Museum of Fin Arts Gent), to write five compositions inspired by five masterpieces from the museum collection. This music was recorded and is now a permanent music guide in the museum, visitors can choose to follow the music tour and enjoy the artworks with music, accompanied by highlights and comments about the creating process in 6 languages.
Photo credit: Christophe Vander Eecken