Renara performs in Kuwait November 2016

On November 2nd, 2016 Renara Akhoundova performed in Kuwait for the third time since 2010. She was hosted once again by the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah Cultural Center, but played for the first time in the Center's new location in the Yarmouk district of Kuwait City, where a new theater featuring a beautiful Steinway piano and the latest audio-visual technology was recently established. Renara played the first three pieces, "Light", "Trust", and the unrecorded new composition "Amore" uninterrupted, then introduced a series of three improvisations. The first improvisation was based on the theme of "Father, Mother, and Ancestors," the second on the theme of sensitivity to the suffering and tragic events we are aware of in today's world and our personal and collective responsibility for these events, and the third based on the theme of "Gratitude" which, as Renara stated in her introduction, "is the natural state of the soul." As always, the artist invited each member of the audience to get in touch with something deep inside themselves as they reflected on the appointed theme, and to co-create with her the improvisation, which by definition is something completely new, a unique combination of notes and melodies never before played.

After the improvisations Renara finished the concert with a two-part finale by performing two of her most vigorous and complex compositions, "My Baku" and "Jerusalem". These two pieces, inspired by two multicultural places with which the artist has a deep connection, never fail to inspire the audience and the performance ended with a standing ovation.

Following the concert in Yarmouk, Renara took part in a very special local tradition, a weekly musical salon hosted by a prominent patron of music and culture in Kuwait City. She joined the company of local music lovers and visiting ambassadors from various countries to enjoy the performances of some of the best traditional Arabic musicians in Kuwait, all in the midst of the cozy atmosphere of a home decorated with exquisite examples of the best of Arabic architectural design. Renara was invited to the piano for her own performance, and played two improvisations and her composition "Meeting with the Master."

Before her departure from Kuwait and return to her Paris home, Renara was able to view the world-class collection of antiquities from pre-Islamic cultures across the region at the Amricani Museum, where Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah is headquartered near the Gulf coast.

Kuwait is a country rich in culture and history, with a strong tradition of hospitality. The artist is deeply grateful to her hosts for inviting her once again to engage with the people of Kuwait through the medium of music, which is universal and without borders.

Photos: Rizalde Cayanan, courtesy of Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah 

Photos: Rizalde Cayanan, courtesy of Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah