Syrian composer Malek Jandali on why art threatens Assad

Can you turn a country's pain into a healing symphony? Syrian composer Malek Jandali joins Shad to discuss.
Syrian composer Malek Jandali on the urge to create in the face of destruction. (MalekJandali.com)

What good can music do in the face of unthinkable violence and destruction? That question is a driving force for Syrian composer and pianist Malek Jandali

The U.S.-based musician, whose symphonies call for peace in his war-torn homeland, has seen his family attacked — but, with their support, he remains defiant. He joins Shad to explain his urge to create in the face of destruction, and why art is a threat to the Assad regime.  

WEB EXTRA | Take in some of Jandali's most powerful compositions below. 

*This segment originally aired in August, 2015


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