D Major TV couldn’t t miss the opening of Piano City Milano for this exclusive event at Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli!
Tonight a wonderful opening concert with the amazing pianist Faraj Suleiman. The concert was introduced by Filippo Del Corno, town councillor of Culture in Milan, which is doing a great job for spread the good music. After Faraj another pianist on stage: Gaetano Liguori, jazz and improvisor teacher at Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi. The enrollment at @Piano City Milano 2017 are officially open!
Our town councillor of Culture in Milan Filippo Del Corno is doing great! Mr. Del Corno is also himself a pianist and composer.
Faraj was born in Ramy, a small village in the upper Galilee. His father had a toy store, and his mother was a florist. She noticed her son’s sensitivity to music when he was crawling as a baby from his home to his uncle’s studio (Yosef Basila) where he was rehearsing with the choir of the village. Faraj started to play the piano at the age of three, and had his first concert at five.
In addition to being inspired by his Arabic culture, he is also influenced by tango and jazz traditions. His first album, Log In (2014), marks the beginning of his unique musical path. It was launched following Suleiman’s concert Three Steps (2013), in which he explored contemporary Arabic compositions reinterpreted for the piano. In 2015, he collaborated with director Amir Nizar Zuabi on the visual concert Mire, where the music was a mixture of classical/jazz piano and rich Arab vocals.
Additionally, Suleiman has composed the scores for a number of films and trailers. He has also written music for many theatrical productions.
Working with poets
In 2014, Faraj began working with Arabic poets, where he searched for a new artistic path between music, poetry, and performing. First it was in “love in a cloud” – a poetic concert in collaboration with actor Amer Hlehl and singer Terez Suleiman. Thereafter, he worked with Hlehl on Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali and recorded his works in the album “al-bashiq”.
Encounters and musical collaboration
In 2015, Faraj met theatre director Amir Nizar Zuabi where they started their unique collaboration. They worked on several productions, including Middle of the Spring Holiday, a theatric musical show; Our West Is The Sea, a play; Azza, an a cappella musical; Mire, the concert, and for the opening event of the Palestinian museum in Ramallah.