Jiraan – Arabic for “neighbors” – is an ensemble of twelve musicians of different nationalities led by the Syrian violinist Shalan Alhamwy. This ensemble developed a subtle and wide repertoire incorporating Syrian, Iraqi and Turkish music, European folk, Baroque and new compositions inspired by old forms and a jazzy approach.
In 2017 a smaller edition saw the birth light during the Istanbul Ekspres festival in a co-production with the Handelsbeurs, with an ensemble of 5 musicians from Syria and Turkey performing Arabic and Turkish repertoire that has been somehow a shared tradition between the two nations.
Shalan Alhamwy is violinist and composer. He studied classical and Arabic music in the Damascus conservatory and masters both genres playing and composing. Wrote and arranged music for a plenty of orchestras, ensembles, singers, films and TV shows.
Plays among others with GFVP (Gent Folk Violin Project), Olla vogala, EPO (Expat Philharmonic Orchestra), Jiraan and Damast Duo.
Former member of: The Syrian National Symphony Orchestra, The National Orchestra of Arabic Music and Damascus Chamber