Our friend and collaborator Dirar Kalash, a profoundly gifted multi-disciplinary and multi-instrumental musician, sound artist, and creator of Sonic Liberation Front at Radio AlHara, suffered an accident while on the way home from a gig in late November. Dirar had been in the hospital up until a few days ago, having sustained serious injuries across his body, the most severe being broken facial bones in his nose and under his eyes. Having only recently received his permit to live and work in Germany—a place he felt the need to relocate to given the conditions for artists in Palestine—Dirar has no health insurance and, as a result, must pay for treatment on his own. As an artist wholly and soulfully dedicated to nurturing and dispersing his work, living from gig to gig and project to project, he cannot continue performing and creating for the foreseeable future. Given such circumstances, these medical payments are simply impossible for him to cover, and the incurring debt could threaten his legal status. The cost of treatment so far is almost 6000 Euros, yet the amount will increase after other upcoming and necessary operations. Not to forget that he'll need a doctor's review and medicine and also that he'll not be able to perform for at least two months from now, which will leave him with any income for at least the next two months. As Exist family and Radio AlHara family, his friends, and collaborators, we created this campaign to help him pay these devastating costs of treatment and recovery and to manifest some hope in a dark time; we believe that 10k is the amount to keep him standing as we all wish for him. All of us, Dirar included, will immensely appreciate your help and support.
Dirar Kalash (b. 1982) is a musician and sound artist whose work spans a wide range of musical and sonic practices within a variety of instrumental, compositional and improvisational contexts. Kalash also extends his practice into interdisciplinary theoretical research. He has produced several solos and collaborative musical albums and is active as a touring musician; in addition to that, he also created several sound installations, live audio-visual performances, and photography projects.
- Frank Gratkowski
Organizer and beneficiary