Khabat Abas is a free improviser, experimental cellist and sound explorer. She was born in Sulemanya, Iraq. She studied cello in Kurdistan-Iraq and played in the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra and in a joint concert with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, DC. Later she studied ensemble improvisation, new music and music theory in Sweden.
Using an intuitive approach to improvisation and exploration of timbre that employs both classical and extended techniques, Abas’s music is based on unpitched sounds, instability, struggle and noise gestures within the context of political and social problems.
Apart from her work in music ensembles, ranging from contemporary classical to free improvisation, she is interested in broadening the colour of sound using material with which she has a particular relationship, such as creating her own cello with different materials.