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This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. (September 2010) This article is an orphan, as few or no other articles link to it. Please introduce links to this page from related articles; suggestions are available. (September 2010) This article needs references that appear in reliable third-party publications. Primary sources or sources affiliated with the subject are generally not sufficient for a Wikipedia article. Please add more appropriate citations from reliable sources. (September 2010) Bachar-zarkan.jpg Bachar Zarkan (بشار زرقان: Arabic ) is a Syrian musician, singer and actor known for his Sufi music. Contents 1 Biography 2 Festival Appearances 3 Albums 4 References // Biography Bachar Zarkan spent much of his childhood in the quarter of Bab al-Salam in Damascus. He was raised in a traditional and culturally stimulating environment characterized by popular and classical music and by religious rites of commemoration, such as 'al-Hadra' and 'al-Zikr'. When a teenager, he learned to play the ‘ud and was already attracted by artistic crossing experiences, notably with drama. His unending quest for creation enriched itself through his stay in France (1992-1997), his visits to several European countries and to the USA. Bachar Zarkan's theatrical experience started, in 1983, in the parts he played as both an actor and a singer in the play "Luka' Ben Luka'" written by the Palestinian author Emile Habibi, and directed by Walid Quwwatli. The latter asked him then to compose music for the poetic works of the play. That is when Zarkan started to question the relationship between music and a drama script, to question in the end the essence of a song. This quest led him to be involved in several musical trends and experiences, including political ones. However, in the middle of the eighties, his rediscovery of mystical poetry, which was already part of his childhood memory, saved him from the dominant musical repetition, and monotony of this time. Bachar Zarkan considered then that mystical poetry answered largely his expectations, ambitions, and concerns with music. Afterwards, when he studied the Sound Theater at the Pygmalion Studio in France (1996), his major aim was to deepen his understanding of the relationship between words, music, movement and rhythm. Now, he is interested in composing music for contemporary poetic texts that match the Sufi texts in their beauty and internal rhythm as well as in their meaning, such as the poems of Mahmud Darwish and Taher Riyad. Festival Appearances Bachar Zarkan participated in many international and Arabic festivals: Concert in Qasr al-Azm, Damascus, 1992 Arab Club Festival, London, 1993 Recital in Exeter, Great Britain, 1993 Recital in Bielefield, Germany, 1994 The Arab World Institute (IMA), Paris, France, 1994 UNESCO Theatre, the Arab Club, New York, 1995 The International Festivals of Jerash, Jordan 1993, 1995, 2000, 2004 Abou Dhabi Festival, The Arab Emirates, 1994 Assila Festival, Morocco, 1997 The Madina Festival, Tunisia 2000, 2003 Concert in Sama Theater, Damascus, 2001 Al-Mutanabbi Festival, Switzerland (Zurich and Bern), 2005 Sufi Festival, Amman, Jordan, 2008 Mälmo Festival, Sweden 2008 Music Show, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2008 Festival The Spring of Culture, Bahrein, 2009[1] Jordan Festival in Amman, 2009 Literature Festival of Berlin, September 2009[2] Albums Tayer La Tatyr Haly Ant AL-Jidarieh References ^ "Bahrain Spring of Culture". TimeOutBahrain.com. 2009. http://www.timeoutbahrain.com/art/features/6707-bahrain-spring-of-culture. Retrieved 21 September 2010.  ^ "Programme of the 9th international literature festival berlin". Berline Festspiele. http://www.berlinerfestspiele.de/media/2009/literaturfestival/download/ilb_09_programm_en.pdf. Retrieved 21 September 2010.  http://www.baladnaonline.net/ar/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8234 http://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/بشار_زرقان Persondata Name Zarkan, Bachar Alternative names Short description Date of birth Place of birth Date of death Place of death