Dima Orsho & Friends
Culturally nuanced, Dima Orsho's music combines influences from classical to jazz to Middle Eastern music. Her musical performances are constantly evolving and becoming more and more sophisticated. In Mülheim and Münster, Dima Orsho will return to her origins in the multi-ethnic music of Syria and sets out with her trio on the traces of the music of the Eastern Mediterranean, Kurdistan, Armenia and Iran. Original compositions are as much a part of the programme as new arrangements of traditional melodies and songs.
Dima Orsho (born 1975 in Damascus) is a trained opera singer (Boston Conservatory) and clarinettist (Damascus High Institute of Music). The Hamburger Abendblatt once described her singing as "the most beautiful thing human vocal chords can produce". Dima Orsho, born in Syria, living in the USA and calling the world her home, is a solitaire in the international music scene and a musical border crosser par excellence. Perhaps the fascination of her music is due to the fact that she not only studied singing, but also the clarinet and is able to bring the sensitivity of an instrumentalist to her singing, which adds further to the magic of her performances.
Dima Orsho, Mevan Younes (Buzuq) & Hogir Göregen (Percussion)
She has performed as a soloist in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the USA on world-class stages including the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Centre, the Opera Bastille and Theatre de la Ville in Paris, the National Theatre in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and the Opera House in Damascus.
Orsho has been a guest soloist with numerous renowned orchestras and musicians, including the NDR Big Band, the Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Morgenland Festival Orchestra, the Boston Conservatory Orchestra and the Syrian Symphony Orchestra. She has shared the stage with outstanding musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Jivan Gasparian, Nuria Rial, Manfred Leuchter, Michel Godard, Salman Gambarov, Aynur Dogan, Adam Baldych, Kinan Azmeh, Jasser Haj Youssef and many others.
Dima Orsho's musical interests and discoveries are not limited to her performances; since 1993 she has also composed for television, radio, theatre and cinema. She is a member of the "Leish Troupe for Movement Theatre" as a composer and singer. Dima composed and arranged music for many short films as well as one feature film, "Under The Ceiling", directed by Nidal Al-Debs in 2005, and three documentaries, "Love Boat" and "Newcomers" directed by Maan Mouslli in 2016 and 2018, and "A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy" in 2019 directed by Rami Farah.
Dima Orsho's outstanding strength, however, remains performing arts - whether in solo performances or collaborations. She has been a member of the "Hewar Trio" since 2003, with whom she released three albums, most recently "Letters to a Homeland" in 2012, and is also a founding member of the DIO Trio, with whom she currently performs extensively. Her first solo album was "Arabic Lieder", composed by Gazwan Zerikly and released in 2008. In 2017, Dima was featured in "Sing Me Home", the Grammy Award-winning album for Best World Music by Yo-Yo Ma and the SilkRoad Ensemble. Dima was one of six contributors - including the legendary Tina Turner - featured on the album "Awakening Beyond", released on 10 November 2017. Last but not least, alongside her new solo album "Hidwa: Lullabies for Troubled Times", released in spring 2019, Dima's new collaboration with renowned Spanish soprano Nuria Rial and Musica Alta Ripa was also released in the project "Mother", nominated for the Opus Klassik Award 2020.