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£480raised of £2,645 target by 11 supporters

    Weʼve raised £480 to travel to Sweden, give an oud to a young musician from Aleppo,perform with him locally & film it for a documentary about Music with Refugees

    Sussex UK
    Funded on Friday, 4th May 2018

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    We met this talented young man in Greece a couple of years ago, where we worked with him musically in a couple of location where he and his mum were in transit on thier way to join other family members in Sweden. While they were in Athens we bought him a small Egypian oud, which they found in a market shop, for him to practice on. He has now outgrown it and they were not able to take it on the last leg of their long journey, so we have found him a new Turkish instument that we are planning to bring him so that he can continue to develop his skills and broaden his repertoire of traditional and classical Arabic songs.

    We would also like to organise some concerts in collaboration with him and other local musicians, for the refugee and host communities of the area and film them as the central story in a film we are making about musical work with people from wartorn countries seeking refuge in Europe. Singer and oud player Julia Katarina of Music with Refugees is collaborating with director Diego Barraza from SaGuarda Studios and they are also planning to shoot in four other locations in the UK, Germany, Greece and Turkey within the next year to produce a documentary on musical meetings with people at different stages in the their long and complicated journeys.

    The film will be based on the work of Music with Refugees, a small social enterprise working on bringing live music from their own traditions to people in refugee camps as well as those settled in Europe. It was founded by Julia Katarina, an English German mezzo-soprano and multi-instrumentalist (oud, cello, piano and guitar) who taught music for nearly four years in Palestine. She is also a MSc in Applied Music Psychology at Roehampton University. This is not a documentary about the background, facts and politics of Middle Eastern conflicts. We intend to shed a light on the ongoing humanitarian crisis of refugees through the heartfelt universal language of song. Here is our introductory video:

    Director ~ Diego Barraza . El Salvador born and UK based producer and director for documentaries, film, music video. His work has been aired and distributed internationally. Won the Mole & Richardson Hollywood "Molennium Lighting Contest" in the year 2000. He is the director of the feature length documentary "Part & Parcel a Yoga Documentary Satsang" and the experimental film "Different trains, distant memories" played along a live performance of the music of Steve Reich and featuring the music of the Bergersen Quartet, it premiered at the Brunell Museum in London. He is a full member of DirectorsUK.



    • Julia Katarina7 months ago
      Julia Katarina

      Julia Katarina

      7 months ago

      The oud has been delivered, our young protege is happy with it and has already given a small recital at his school in Sweden. Many Thanks for making this possible. More videos to follow

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    • Anonymous


      Apr 23, 2018

      Wonderful to support this. I remember how much my first guitar opened up so much for me..


    • Kirsten Germann

      Kirsten Germann

      Apr 22, 2018

      Much love - let’s make this possible! Xxx


    • Manjit Kumar

      Manjit Kumar

      Apr 14, 2018


    • Irving Boudville

      Irving Boudville

      Apr 2, 2018

      Supporting musical talent, especially in a young person from a people that has lost everything is a privilege to share in. Looking forward to the documentary and hoping it will move others to action.


    • Ekkehard Weisner

      Ekkehard Weisner

      Mar 27, 2018


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      Mar 13, 2018


    • Mark Hoda

      Mark Hoda

      Mar 12, 2018

      Dear JuliaThanks so much for performing at the Gandhi Foundation’s multifaith concert and good luck with this campaign.I’ve shared it with my GF colleagues


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    Julia Katarina

    Julia Katarina

    Sussex UK

    Julia Katarina MSc (Music Psychology, RU) is an English German mezzo-soprano, oud player & cellist who taught for nearly 4 years at music schools in Palestine. In 2016 she started Music with Refugees, working in England, Germany, Greece & soon also in Lebanon, Palestine & Turkey.

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