Gani Mirzo, Founder

Gani Mirzo

Kurdish by birth and Barcelonian by adoption, Gani was attracted to music from an early age. Although he belonged to the Kurdish community, whose music and culture were banned in Rojava and Syria, he managed to study music: first at the Aleppo Conservatory and later in Barcelona.
From 1994 to 2000, Mirzo worked on research on flamenco at the Liceu Conservatory, with the help of Professor Manuel Granados.

In 1995, he created the Gani Mirzo Band, renowned for its work on a fusion between Kurdish and Eastern music, and flamenco and jazz.

Mirzo’s musical career developed further as a soloist and as a member of the Gani Mirzo Trio. He has performed in Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Mexico, Morocco, Algeria and Kurdistan. He composed the soundtrack to the documentaries “Activists in Iraq” by Alberto Artzea and “Vendetta Song” by Elam Caftán, and for the play “Las Mil y una Noches” by Els Comediants.

Discography

2000 – Roni

2002 – Totico

2006 – Las mil y una noches (Mini Max Theatre Award)

2014 – Kampo Domiz (dedicated to refugees)

2015- Ltitudes con Citrus Band

Activism

Since 2014 Gani Mirzo has worked in refugee camps in Kurdistan (Syria and Iraq).

In 2018 he founded a music centre in Shingal, in Iraqi Kurdistan, which teaches children and adults who are victims of war and Islamic fundamentalism.

In collaboration with Musicians Without Borders, he has led a campaign since 2018 to collect instruments to take them to music centres in Syrian Kurdistan, where Kurdish culture was banned for years.

The Mirzo Music Foundation was founded in 2020, with the aim of providing an official framework for the activities started in 2014 and undertaking new projects such as the Khanasore School and cultural centres in refugee camps.

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