The artist hour

Here is a short extract from the very interesting interview of Maestro Karim Wasfi, written by Emily Blake. You can find the complete article by clicking on the extract :

It could be argued across lifetimes what the most effective response to war and violence is. What follows the expected emotional reactions of sadness and furor might be a public mobilization for a protest; running for a government position; fundraising for a charity or nonprofit; or ongoing conversation surrounding the politics that led to the violence in the first place. However in the Middle East, these responses are not always realistic, as even a public protest could cost further lives. So in a city such as Baghdad, where violence is no stranger, daily routines simply resume around rubble and destruction—an effort to maintain a semblance of normalcy despite the abnormality of war. But what about music and art? What about something beautiful to defy horror and cruelty?

The day after three car bombs struck the city of Baghdad in April of 2015, cellist and conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, Karim Wasfi responded to the violence in the most effective way he knew how: by playing his cello. In his home district of Mansour, where the deadliest of the attacks killed at least 10 people and injured 27, Wasfi set up a chair amongst the rubble, sat down with his cello, and played.

“…when things are insane and abnormal like that, I have the obligation of inspiring people, sharing hope, perseverance, dedication, and preserving the momentum of life.” [...]

Maestro Karim Wasfi

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