Gosour Cultural Center hosted inaugural concert, CAIRO IMPRO – FREE IMPROVISATION, at All Saints Cathedral on Wednesday the 13th of December, 2017. Free improvisation represents the culmination of the avant-gardist musician’s quest for complete, non-compromised freedom. To improvise means to perform without preparation, to make music on the spot.
Improvising is nothing new: classical composers like Mozart were accomplished improvisers. But free improvisation lets the musicians do whatever they want, regardless of any rule. Rhythm, harmony, melody, even respect for the physical integrity of the instrument itself (preparations and home-built instruments are often used) are shattered. Free improvisation is still new to Music Lovers in Egypt, who found it surprisingly inspiring.
The performance was presented by Paweł Kuźma and Bahaa El ANSARY. Classical guitarist Paweł Kuźma was born in 1985 in Piekary Śląskie, Poland. He is currently an adjunct professor at The American University in Cairo where he teaches World Music and private applied guitar. As a performing artist, Pawel has given many concerts in Poland, Finland, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria and, more recently, Egypt. His passion for classical guitar started in his first year of primary school. At the beginning of his musical education, Pawel won many national music competitions. Later, he won international competitions and grants from the Polish Ministry of Culture and City Council. Considered by many to be one of the most promising guitarists in Poland, Pawel graduated from high school with honors. Pawel continued his education at the Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice, Poland. There, he studied under the renowned professor, Alina Gruszka. During this time, Pawel was awarded a grant by Young Poland, an organization founded by Ministry of Culture. After graduating from the Szymanowski Academy, Pawel moved to Finland to continue his education at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, which is widely considered to be one of the best music programs in the world. Pawel studied under Dr. Jukka Savijoki. Bahaa El ANSARY, ”One of the young voices who play a part in shaping Egypt’s cultural future.” BBC Radio3, 2013. “El-Ansary’s unique music, rooted in Arabic tradition and influenced by the European avat-garde, has risen to international prominence in a short time.” Fear No Music, 2017. Bahaa El-Ansary is a young composer from Egypt, born in Cairo, 1991. He studied composition at The Academy of Arts in Cairo under Ezz El-Din Slim, and he also studied Theory of Music with
Trinity College London. He has participated in many masterclasses and workshops with both Egyptian and European composers, with a special thanks to the Cairo Contemporary Music Days, which began his involvement with the contemporary music scene. As a grantee of “The British Council’ Grants to Artists” Bahaa had the chance to travel to Germany for one month to participate in lessons as well as working with many musicians. He also participated at The 46th International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, 2012. As a scholar from Institut Français d’Egypte he studied at Conservatoire de Bordeaux (2013-2014) under Jean-Louis Agobet, and Conservatoire de Boulogne-Billancourt (2014-2015) under Jean- Luc Hervé. At some prestigious festivals and venues, Bahaa’s music has been performed throughout Europe and in the UK, Singapore, Lebanon, Egypt and the US. Recently, Bahaa had been a Composer in Residence of The Royal Opera House & SHUBBAK Festival, ROH-Shubbak composers’ residency in London, July 2017.