Bushra El-Turk’s music of ‘…ironic…’, ‘…arresting…’ and ‘limitless imagination’ forebears the influence of her Lebanese roots and straddles Eastern and Western idioms, all the while leaning towards the absurd and theatrical.
Selected by the BBC as one of the most inspiring 100 Women globally, Bushra’s music has been both performed and broadcast on radio and television in the UK, Europe, the Middle-East, the Americas and Australia. This includes collaborations with the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Royal Opera House (ROH2), Orchestre National de Lorraine (France), Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, the Latvian Radio Choir and the multi-ethnic Atlas Ensemble (Holland) amongst others. Performances have been at venues most notably including the Lincoln Centre (New York), Birmingham Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), the Southbank and the Barbican (London).
April 2016 saw the CD release of her symphonic work, ‘Tmesis’, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra – The Panufnik Legacies II under the LSO Live label and was chosen as album of the week by New York’s Classical Music Radio Station, WQXR.
She is artistic director and leader of Ensemble Zar, which is a fresh and fearless cross-genre ensemble whose mission is to express the Middle Eastern artistic temperament in its rawest form, and experiment with new sounds in the process. Recent engagements include recording the music for Salma Hayek-Pinault’s ‘The Prophet’, a feature-length animation of Gibran’s work, and performing as part of the BBC Arabic Film Festival.
BASED IN: London, UK
LANGUAGES: English and Arabic
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