|20 Sep 2018|
|Toronto, ON, CA|
“To hear Aynur’s voice is to hear the transformation of all the layers of human joy and suffering into one sound. It reaches so deep into our soul, tears into our hearts, and then we are for one moment, joined as one. It is unforgettable!”—Yo-Yo Ma
Since the country of Kurdistan does not exist, all Kurds technically live in exile. Exiled from Turkey due to her outspokenness on Kurdish issues, Aynur Dogan knows what it is to take risks for her art. Now living in Holland, she continues to bravely speak out; as a voice for her people, she is devoted to preserving Kurdish musical traditions
During this soulful performance, Kurdish vocalist Aynur Dogan blends Kurdish folk with Western music while interpreting traditional repertoire in a modern way. She is renowned for boldly presenting traditional Kurdish folk songs with lyrics about the life and sufferings of Kurdish people – and of Kurdish women in particular.
This season, performing arts presentations have been curated to feature acclaimed artists who have transcended fear through their art. Under the banner of “the other side of fear,” we explore the definition of fear, what it means to face fear, and how we attempt to define, confront, and conquer fear in ourselves and others – or, in Dogan’s case, being feared as ‘the other’.