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 arises 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 sewing machine and textile symbol and pattern in 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 learnt to play the cello. Khabat is probably known for her adapted cello and  improvisational work using extended techniques, she started developing works that responding to the objects that is 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 she collaborated with curator, artist and musician in Kurdistan, Iraq/ Gothenburg, Malmö Sweden/ Berlin Germany/ London, UK. 

She received a  degree as a classical cellist  in fine art and music college in Kurdistan /Iraq and  bachelor degree in Art with a major in musicology from Gothenburg university in Sweden and graduate diploma in music Creative practice at Goldsmith university of London and a master’s degree in music performance and related studies at Goldsmith university of London.