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About crazyldiamond

Boston, MA

Today's world is growing ever closer, and cultural barriers and misperceptions should be coming down at an ever-increasing pace. In these iconoclastic times, communication and understanding constitute an indispensable element in the process of human interaction. The most elevated form of interaction is the Hewar between two—or more—seemingly disparate and unique points of departure, with the goal of reaching a common human ground

It is in light of this simple philosophy of the indispensability of Hewar, that the ensemble Hewar (Dialogue, in English) was conceived. Hewar was formed by a group of young talented and established Syrian musicians imbued with a sense of an urgent cultural mission, creative motivation, and openness

The name of this ensemble says it all: Hewar . It is an attempt to transcend the barriers of cultural disparities and misconceptions, and establish a civilized communication which builds on what brings humans closer together rather than separates them. This is achieved through a unique musical exchange between different musical personalities (using each individual instrument as the only means of this musical communication), reflecting an approach that is as musically-based as much as it has social and political references and subtexts

Bringing together an amazingly fresh and diverse musical palate and influences, and drawing from an array of musical traditions—namely Arabic, jazz, scat, opera and classical music; is what makes it a truly unique venture. The band, building on the acclaimed individual talents of each of its members, juxtaposes and meshes these musical styles to create a truly one-of-a-kind genre-breaking music
The musician-personality—rather than instruments—driven approach, justifies Hewar's ostensibly strange and eclectic line-up comprising Oud, Clarinet, and Soprano, emphasizes the ability of music to express a wide scope of human emotions (joy, sorrow, fear, hope, and solitude) in a universal, easily-accessible vernacular. This makes for a distinctively unique sound, a sound that allows for an open-ended dialogue between Arabic music, jazz and western classical melodies—a conscious decision by the band's members
Hewar is an all-Syrian lineup of talent: The band is made up of a clarinetist (Kinan Azmeh), a Oud soloist (Issam Rafea), a lyric Soprano (Dima Orsho), all of whom are alumnae of the Syrian National Orchestra. But they don't all live in Syria, which enhances complements the band's cultural medley of influences and musical tastes

Hewar released their first album on 12-1-2005 in Beirut and on 16-1-2005 in Damascus , the launch of the album was very successful , and the album produced by La CD-Theque
In collaboration with the three distinguished musician guests, Manfred Leuchter , Steffen Thormahlen and Antoine Puetz, Hewar performed two concerts in Damascus in July 2006 and one concerts in Marseille in Oct 2006. This collaboration soon brought in Hewar's second album “9 Days of Solitude


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