Khabat Abas is a transgressive cellist and composer who likes to break the rules; she experiments with the cello, improvising, composing, doing a sound installation, and using her own body; she is interested in filmmaking; and she is Inspired by the silenced stories of Women, which she makes to be hearable through her composition. Using these diverse materials is to protest against the oppression of the social and political system.
Khabat has performed with various ensembles, including the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, Sulaymaniyah string orchestra, Gothenburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, and the Non-Ensemble for experimental music in Sweden. She has also collaborated with curators, artists and musicians in Kurdistan-Iraq, Sweden, Germany, and the UK. Aba’s last piece for electro-acoustic cello was performed in Slemani-Kurdistan as a part of the Global Listening Biennial 2021. She also performed during the Space21 festival in Iraq Kurdistan 2021, the Winter sound festival in Canterbury 2022 and the Borderline Festival Athens 2022, and she participated in the project (Abandoned space) collaboration between the Sonorities festival in Belfast and Space21 festival in Kurdistan and her composition played in Klangwerkstatt, Festival for New Music in Berlin and Space21 festival n Kurdistan and London new jazz festival in London. She is co-founder of Duo Moment; together with Hardi Kurda, they released two albums, “Broken Resonance” on Space21 Label and “Illegal Performance” at Café Oto 2021; she also did a video for her Bombshell cello. She has been awarded a grant from Salam culture house in Iraqi Kurdistan and the Swedish art council community, Stim Forward Fund in Sweden.