Biography

Khabat Abas is an experimental cellist, improviser, and composer from Kurdistan Iraq. She moves freely between artistic disciples and possibilities.Her work has taken a broad collection of inspiration including noise, improvisation, classic music, and narrative story, and used them as an individual approach. Khabat’s curiosity and the sense of exploration arise between her lived experience and as a cellist. Therefore, since 2008 her work based on sound research, beginning with the acoustic cello, prepared cello, and recently with adapted cello; as a composer, she uses her childhood memory when her mom worked with swing matching.  Therefore, she uses a sewing machine and textile symbol and pattern in her composition and also the everyday objects for her composition. All this is a creation of a place full of fissures and hidden corners, as an environment that was shattered by conflict and war. It was in this environment that she learned to play the cello. Khabat is probably known for her adapted cello and improvisational work using extended techniques, she started developing works that respond to the objects that are surrounding her or had childhood memory. In her practice, She raises questions about what is out of bounds, that raising the possibilities of sounds that cannot be controlled. In contrast, to traditional musical values.

Khabat performed with various ensembles, including the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, Sulaymaniyah string orchestra, Gothenburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, and Non-Ensemble for experimental music, also collaborated with curator, artist, and musician in Kurdistan, Iraq/ Gothenburg, Malmö Sweden/ Berlin Germany/ London, UK.CV