Zahed recently introduced two new formats for his acclaimed ‘Hiwar’ project. Arabic for dialogue, Hiwar explores heritage pearl-diving music from the Arabian Gulf, reimagining it through live, audio-visual-dance performance.
On September 27th 2018, Zahed premiered an immersive, audio experience of Hiwar at the Sonic Arts Research Centre’s (SARC) Sonic Lab in Belfast. This vision transported listeners onto a heritage ‘dhow’ ship seated amongst pearl divers taking a dangerous voyage to sea. The premiere featured a short film screening as well as a Q&A with the artist.
On October 26th 2018, Zahed debuted a new, audio-dance edition of the project entitled Hiwar (Club) to a sold out night at La Bellevilloise in Paris. Presented by the bi-annual Beirut Electro Parade night series, Hiwar (Club) is an engaging, solo electronic set featuring remixes of pearl-diving music recorded by Zahed over the course of the last two years.
Event listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/1840491402737864/