Tuesday 25 June 2019
Culture Under Attack is a season of three free exhibitions, live music, performances and talks at IWM London that explore how war threatens not just people’s lives, but also the things that help define us.

'I am a destroyed person after the war'

'I am a destroyed person after the war'

Aeham Ahmad is a Syrian concert pianist who uses music to deal with the reality and memory of war. 

When the conflict in Syria started, Aeham was forced to give up the piano and find other work to feed his family but as jobs became scarce, he went back to his music.

Despite the risks, Aeham wheeled his piano out into the street and started to play, for both himself and those around him. Gaining worldwide recognition on social media, Aeham earned himself the name,'The Pianist of Yarmouk.'

After escaping the war, Aeham now lives in Germany but still relives the memories of war every time he plays

In a rare UK appearance, Aeham Ahmad performed at IWM and shared his experiences alongside fellow Syrian performer, Jake Shuker.

Watch the highlights of the event here

Rebel Sounds Live is part of IWM's Culture Under Attack season. 

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