Raised on the verge of several musical streams since her childhood, award-winning violinist and composer Layale Chaker received her musical training at the National Higher Conservatory of Beirut in her native Lebanon, at Conservatoire de Paris and the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Layale’s musical world lies at the intersection of classical contemporary music, Jazz, Arabic Music, and free improvisation. She has received commissions and presented performances and projects around Europe, the Middle-East, North and South America and Asia, and has collaborated with Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Johnny Gandelsman, Holland Baroque, International Contemporary Ensemble, Oxford Orchestra, the New World Symphony, Babylon Orchestra, performing at the London Jazz Festival, Junger Kunstler Festival Bayreuth, the Lucerne Festival, and concert halls such as The Berlin Philharmonic, Abbaye de Royaumont, National Sawdust and Wigmore Hall. Her debut album with her ensemble Sarafand, Inner Rhyme, was released on In a Circle Records, and listed as “Top of The World” by Songlines with a 5-star review, NPR 10 Best Releases, and has received praises by the BBC Music Magazine, The New York Times, The Strad, Strings Magazine, Jazz World among others.
As I have navigated through a succession of different places to call home throughout my life, music was one of the few constants that grounded me through these changes. It quickly became a familiar territory, and my way of relating to the world.
That feeling of finding one's home and voice in artistic practice soon turned into one of the main forces behind my work. Today, my communication with the world through music rises from a need and desire to create a haven of belonging, inclusion, visibility and communion for peoples’ histories and narratives through sound, and beyond words.
During the course of this fellowship, I hope and aspire to continue this focus on understanding and querying estrangement through my practice. This will be embodied through the way I conduct research for my various projects, through the development of my musical and artistic language and expression, and through the different works I intend to carry and create.