BEYONDMUSIC
Suad Bushnaq

ABOUT ME

Hailed as an 'incredible artist' by the legendary Hans Zimmer, Suad is a musically multilingual Arab-Canadian composer of Bosnian, Syrian, and Palestinian heritage whose music has been described as 'reflective and touching' (BBC The Arts Hour). She was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award (HMMA) for her piece 'The Road to Jenin', and won a Global Music Awards Silver Medal. She is currently a composer in residence at the prestigious Canadian Film Centre. Suad composed film scores that earned critical acclaim for a number of award-winning filmmakers with screenings at the Dubai, Beverly Hills, Hot Docs, & Edinburgh International Film Festivals to name a few. Her orchestral music has been performed by the Vermont Symphony (USA), the Vergara Symphony (Basque/Spain), the Lüneburg Orchestra (Germany), the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings (USA), and the Syrian Expat Philharmonic at Konzerthaus Berlin, Elbphilharmonie, & the BOZAR with the National Orchestra of Belgium.

Cultural background

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Jordan
  • Palestine, State of
  • Syrian Arab Republic

PROJECT MUSIC

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Born Today
What emotions go through a migrant’s heart as they realize they are alone, far away from home? The amount of courage it takes to open their heart to a new life, find new love, and form new bonds is unfathomable, yet it's possible when strangers extend a compassionate hand amidst the affliction of having lost everything. They are Born Today, on the day they face their new life with new fears and dreams. This song is a cry for help that is full of hope and trust in the human spirit of love, compassion and empathy. It is a collaboration between musicians of very diverse cultural backgrounds as listed in the submission form. It features a powerful African voice, rich Celtic bagpipe cries, intricate Greek bouzouki, pensive piano, and a yearning Arabic cello all shining within a lush orchestral texture laced with percussive fusion flamenco heartbeats and a touch of electronics. We wanted to explore what a 'cry of hope' would sound like through aspects of music stemming from our own cultures as well as others. 'Born Today' is dedicated to Syrian musician Iyad Osman, who refused to carry a weapon in order to keep playing saz. A kind soul who loved mixing cultures in his music, he fled Syria only to die a year later as a result of a mistreated mild illness. He united the music community worldwide in happiness through his music, and bitter grief over his loss, despite their diverse political views.To Iyad, who is ‘Born Today', on the day he died, and the love he spread to the world.
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323 votes
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WINNER OF THE PROJECT
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  • African
  • Arabic
  • Flamenco
  • Fusion
  • Instrumental
  • Soundtrack
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Mezzo-soprano
  • Singer
  • Piano
  • Bouzouki
  • Cello
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Castanets
  • Duff
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Percussion
  • Tambourine
  • Bagpipe
  • Clarinet
  • Horn
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Canada
  • Congo
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Syrian Arab Republic
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