Naïssam Jalal & Rhythms of Resistance



Paris-born Syrian flautist and composer, Naïssam Jalal embodies the spirits of a diverse range of musical expressions assimilated through a passionate thirst for knowledge. From a European classical music education to studying nay at the High Institute of Music in Damascus, to a three-year stay in Egypt learning Arabic classical music, returning to Paris to begin jamming and collaborating across the musical spectrum from jazz to hip-hop to pan-African styles, as well as visits to Spain for flamenco explorations and investigating Carnatic music, her achievements are impressive. Her own musical projects are myriad with the flagship being her Rhythms of Resistance ensemble, who recently marked a decade's activity with her first compositions for symphony orchestra. Her style is uniquely universal while her clear-eyed view of our contemporary problems fires her compositions with intensity and transcendent beauty.