Broukar was founded in Damascus, Syria in 2007 by Taufik Mirkhan. Broukar emerges from a city which has always been at the heart of cultural and artistic innovation.
Broukar consists of five Musicians who play traditional instruments like: qanun, oud, nai, kaman, riq and one Dervish Whirling dancer. Together they emphasize the authentic interpretations of Traditional Maqam Music. They explore its compositional and improvisational techniques as well as classical, neo-classical and popular music with the revival of the musical heritage of the Middle East.
The dance of the Whirling Dervishes (Mawlawi) is a part of the inspiration of Mawlana Jalal al-din al-rumi and has become part of the history and culture of the Orient. The mystical dervish ceremony represents a journey of man’s spiritual ascent through mind and love. By revolving around the heart, from right to left, he grows through love, abandons his ego and embraces all of mankind and creation with affection and love. He then returns from this spiritual journey as a man who has reached maturity and a greater perfection, so as to love and to be of service to the whole of creation without discrimination of beliefs, races, classes and nations.
Brocade (pronounced in Arabic as Broukar) is the name of an ancient handmade fabric made from silk and decorated with silver and golden threads. Patterns are inspired by and derived from the Syrian heritage and landscape. Syria itself and in particular Damascus was very famous for these kinds of handicrafts due to its location on the historical Silk Road.
Broukar launched the first album in November 2017 presenting and documenting the group’s compositions. The album comes with an accompanying pamphlet about Syrian musical heritage and explanation of maqamat (Arab Musical modes), traditional music genres and the principle of instrumental, vocal and Mawlawi Sufi dance performance.
The album was live recorded at the closing concert of FUNUN Festival 2016, Bremen, Germany in Sendesaal under the support of SEKU and the Culture Resources’s Production Awards.
In 2015 Broukar embarked on a remarkable educational tour program in collaboration with Jeunesses Musicales for Belgian schools. The tour aimed to introduce Syrian Traditional Music and the Whirling Dervish ceremony and to build awareness and appreciation of traditional Arab music among the children and their families in Belgium.
Broukar has also performed in many international festivals:
-Asia-Pacific Traditional Arts Festival, Taiwan 2011.
-Village du Monde, Paleo Festival, Switzerland 2012.
-Young Euro Classic Festival in Konzerthaus, Berlin 2013.
-Sfinks Mixed Festival, Belgium 2014.
-Artists for Syria, Vienna 2015.
-Førdefestivalen, Norway 2016.
-Fête de la cité, Lausanne, Switzerland 2016.
-Rainforest World Music Festival, Borneo, Sarawak, Malaysia 2016.
-Funun Festival, Bremen, Germany 2016.
-Pasionaris, Tenerife, Spain 2017.
-Västerås and Sala, Sweden 2017.