Atlanta composer and pianist Malek Jandali will make his debut at New York's Carnegie Hall on Saturday night, performing new chamber works for piano, cello and oud.
The Weill Recital Hall concert showcases the release of his album "Syrian Symphony," which includes the composition "Phoenix in Exile." Reflecting the Syrian-American musician's feelings for his war-torn homeland, the 47-minute piece was recorded in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Jandali's compositions integrate Middle Eastern modes into Western classical forms and harmony. In "Phoenix in Exile" and other compositions, he responds to Syria's civil war with what he calls "the soft power of art."
Watch a video about the recording of "Phoenix in Exile" (produced by Talking Eyes Media in partnership with Rutgers University-Newark and VII photo agency) here.
More on Jandali: www.malekjandali.com. HOWARD POUSNER