We’re partnering with the Imperial War Museum to bring Syrian death metal to the UK!

We’re honoured to partner with London’s Imperial War Museum (IWM) on the first metal event to ever be held at the museum. On Saturday July 6 at noon, IWM will be hosting Jake Shuker, frontman of Syria’s leading death metal band Maysaloon, to perform a one-off killer track in the museum itself. Then, along with celebrated Syrian concert pianist Aeham Ahmad, he’ll be taking part in a talk on his experience as a musician living through the conflict – how it affected them as artists and performers, what it was like to play at risk of punishment and the cost of becoming a ‘rebel musician’ – in conversation with BBC journalist and filmmaker Ben Zand. The talk will be followed by performances by each artist, in what will be the UK’s first ever live performance of Syrian death metal.

The performance and talk are both free. However, advance booking is required to attend the talk, which you can do here.

And you can learn more about Jake and his experiences on the BBC.

Jake Shuker of Syrian death metal band Maysaloon. (Pic: Tina Korhonen)

Jake Shuker of Syrian death metal band Maysaloon. (Pic: Tina Korhonen)

We did it!

No, we don't mean us. We're referring to people like you who came down to support us, who helped us get the word out, and who joined us in the conversation. 

With your help, the first-ever w\m/c made a very big noise, with fans, academics, politicians, artists, and industry-types from all around the world joining under a common banner to celebrate, to share ideas, and to talk about the future of this music and this music and this culture.

Thank you.

It seems the world noticed, too, and we've made waves in the media which we really weren't prepared for. Even more importantly, we feel like something important has happened, and we think it should continue to happen. Until then though we're going to kick up our heels and think about what's next, and we invite you to do the same: get in touch, check out our galleries and our film of the event, and let us know what you'd like to see, and let's build this thing together. Thank you for all your support, and watch this space.

Alexander, Lina, Niall, Josh, and everyone behind the w\m/c