The live concert including classical pieces from Turkey and the Arab world, namely Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, played by Bakr Khleifi on Oud and Roshanak Rafani on Tombak needs to be postponed due to Covid 19-related regulations. However, we did manage to produce a talk cum concert with Bakr Khleifi, solo for this bonus online feature of our festival.


Please enjoy this podcast / concert on demand: Cora Josting asks some questions; Bakr Khleifi answers, and plays the oud.

The real live concert will now be taking place on Saturday June 12 at 4pm in the garden of Interkulturanstalten ‘Ulme 35’, Ulmenallee 35, Berlin Westend.
Please click on the link below to keep informed on procedures concerning registration & hygiene:

Bakr Khleifi and his Oud from Baqa, Palestine.

Bakr Khleifi’s goal is to show the Oud as a solo instrument, and to take a journey travelling classical Maqamic pieces from different parts of the so-called Middle-East, so as to explore how Maqamic music behaved in the 20th century.
Aditionally, Bakr will play his own compositions, reflecting his personal journey as a musician of both Maqamic music and Western-Classical music. “I have always thought of how these two different genres connect on a historic and musical level, and how they could help each other bring the next step forward that both of these genres need,” he contemplates.

Accompanying the Oud is the Persian Tombak, a percussion instrument. Tombak adds a dynamic character to the tunes and thus is more than an accompaniment – it truly becomes a part of the music.


Bakr Khleifi

Born in 1991, Bakr started his music education at the age of 4. When he was 6 years old, he started learning the Oud with renowned Oud player Ahmad al-Khatib. Throughout the years, he learned with several Oud teachers, including Samir Jubran of the Trio Jubran and Simon Shaheen.
Bakr is also a Double Bass player and has played with Daniel Barenboim’s and Edward Said’s Orchestra, the West-Eastern Divan. His study of both Maqamic music and Western Classical music has shifted him towards composing music that is influenced by both these musical disciplines.

Roshanak Rafani

Roshanak Rafani was born in Tehran in 1994 and has been ‏studying Classical Percussion with Dominic Ölze at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin since 2018.
She also holds a B.A. in Social Sciences.
Rashanak is a performer of the Iranian Percussion Daf, Dayere, and Tombak, as well as European percussions. Since 2014, she has been teaching Daf and Tombak in Iran and Germany.
In 2016, Rashanak founded the Tehran Percussion Ensemble with some colleagues. She has given concerts in Armenia, Kuwait, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Germany with various groups.