John Kameel Farah is a composer, pianist and visual artist based in Toronto and Berlin. He studied composition and piano performance at the University of Toronto, where he received the Glenn Gould Composition Award twice during his studies.
In 1999 he had private lessons with Terry Riley in California, and later at the Arabic Music Retreat in Hartford. In 1998, he performed the complete solo piano works of Arnold Schoenberg in Toronto. Toronto’s NOW Magazine named his as best pianist 2006, and in 2011 he received the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Music from the Ontario Arts Council.
Farah now focuses primarily on his own creative hybrid of improvisation, composition and electronic music. He has toured across the U.K., Europe, USA, Canada and also given concerts in the Middle–East, Brazil, South Korea and Mexico. In 1999 and 2002, he visited the Edward Said National Conservatory in the West Bank, giving performances and masterclasses in Ramallah, East Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
His newest album, “Between Carthage and Rome” was released in 2015 with Bosworth Music. He is a member of the The CEE (Canadian Electronic Ensemble), as well as pianist-composer for Peggy Baker Dance Projects, and was the Electronic-Composer-in-Residence for Soundstreams Canada in 2013.
On Sunday, November 29, Farah will play a special concert, mixing the sounds of the massive pipe organ with an array of synthesizers and electronics. Tones from the organ pipes will be filtered and looped through computer effects to alter its sound and play with the church’s acoustics. As the organ is situated above and behind the audience, listeners could shut their eyes and let the sounds cross the space above them.
John Kameel Farah plays Music For Organ and Synthesizers
Sunday, 29 November 2015 | 19:30 CET
Taborkirche | Taborstr. 17 | 10997 Berlin/Kreuzberg