Son parcours, ses techniques de production, sa démarche esthétique et le contexte socioculturel dans lequel Abu Sahar évolue, seront présentés et resitués dans l’histoire culturelle de l’Égypte. À partir de ce cas singulier, S. Gabry-Thienpont questionnera les stratégies des producteurs et musiciens dans l’entrelacs des bouleversements politiques, sociaux et culturels liés aux reconfigurations politiques actuelles.
In his working method, Yunis values an approach of cross-pollination, syncretism, and experimentation.
While genre-bending is at the root of his artistic method, he believes in the acredness of the traditional musical forms he draws from.
However, Yunis sees that his work subverts this characterization, as he treats these traditional genres as living, evolving, artistic forms, as opposed to stagnant, historical, artifacts that need to be “revived.”
ASWAT is a series of music meetings and performances focusing on culture(s) of music that seeks to explore a range of musical practices across Egypt, and Arab World, through academic speakers and music makers, followed by concerts. The meetings deepen historical, religious, social and musicological aspects that interwoven in, and from, the music heritage, addressing creation, performance and reception practice. The project is curated by Kawkab Tawfik (IFAO-CEDEJ).