From the beginning of human existence, art and music were part of the group or tribe. The people, or the cult, worked together to survive, and observed certain ceremonies and rites of passage. The rituals practiced were religious, as this was the over-arching way of approaching the mysteries of the cosmos and the mystery of human existence: birth, life, and death.
Al-Sham is a tribute to the people of Syria: a letter of love and solidarity. I am preparing for the premiere of this new cello suite with a deep desire of peace for the Syrian people and with the hope that, in a year from now, we will not have another massacre that eclipses the killings of this year.