Hailing from Syria with Arabic roots, the stateless pianist Aeham Ahmad along with Glaswegian tabla player Hardeep Deerhe (Sodhi) of Indian origin and German born Thomas Zöller, musical commuter using Scottish bagpipes, collectively go on a voyage of discovery.
Aeham Ahmad was born in Syria in 1988. From an early age onwards, his blind father nurtured his musical talent. As of summer 2013, his home town Yarmouk was under siege, more than 100 people died of hunger. Trying to ease his own as well as his peoples despair, he decided to play his piano in the ruins of Yarmouk. In April 2015 the IS took control over Yarmouk, burning Aehams piano in front of his eyes. He travelled through many countries such as Turkey, Greece and the Balkans until he finally arrived in Munich as refugee in September 2015. Since his arrival in Germany, Aeham has inspired his audiences with the intensity of his songs and the virtuosity of his piano playing in numerous concerts. Aeham's experiences fuel his passion for music, providing an energetic drive to ЯEVEAL.
Hardeep Deerhe was born into a family that emigrated from India to Scotland. Through his upbringing, he has been closely exposed to Indian culture from day one. This cultural tailwind carried him at an early age, to the traditional North-Indian drums called tabla. In his youth he became acquainted with its classical repertoire, in particular the musical philosophy. Over the following years, his musicianship took him on tours all around the globe – to the US, Canada, his spiritual homeland of India as well as several countries in mainland Europe. His journeys further nurtured his musical curiosity and helped him develop a strong and individual style of playing, which encompasses his origins as well as modern influences. Furthermore, Hardeep also lends ЯEVEAL his voice.
Thomas Zöller has had a strong interest in drone-based music from his teens onwards. Above all, he was drawn towards the sound of the bagpipe, which he heard on a recording - thus began his journey. So engrossed by this instrument he decided to take it up as a profession. From 2002-2005 he studied Scottish music with the bagpipe as his principal subject at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama as well as the National Piping Centre in Glasgow. His curiousity has since allowed him to explore the instrument, using it in various music genres and musical encounters. As part of a concert series with the German national music corps both Thomas and Aeham performed as soloists. The two artists felt the wish to create a new music project together, which has found its fulfilment in ЯEVEAL.