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Rieman and Baketel Fellow for Music
Independent Composer (Poland)
Cities of Salt: Opera in Three Acts

Zaid Jabri is a Syrian composer who works at the intersection of Western and Middle Eastern musical traditions. His musical compositions and his writings about them emphasize the dense and long-lived histories of migration within which harmonic and instrumental strategies have been shared, reworked, claimed, and disavowed in the long engagement between Europe (both Eastern and Western) and the Arabic- and Farsi-speaking worlds.

At Radcliffe, Jabri is composing a work in progress, Cities of Salt, based on Abdelrahman Munif’s novel of the same name. He is focusing on scenes that deal with the displacement of the people of Wadi al-Uyun, particularly the different experiences of men and women as they confront the expectations of the new refinery city.

Jabri received his doctor of arts in composition at Akademia Muzyczna w Krakowie, in Poland. He has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, a resident at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, and a Weiss International Fellow in Literature and the Arts at Barnard College.

2016–2017 Radcliffe Institute Fellows

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