Khabat Abas is an experimental cellist, improviser, and composer from Kurdistan Iraq. She moves freely between artistic disciples and possibilities. Her works has taken a broad collection of inspiration including noise, improvisation, classic music, and narrative story, and used them as an individual approach. Khabat’s curiosity and the sense of exploration arise between her lived experience and as a cellist. Therefore, since 2008 her work based on sound research, beginning with the acoustic cello, prepared cello, and recently with adapted cello. Khabat is probably known for her adapted cello and improvisational work using extended techniques, she started developing works that respond to the objects that are surrounding her or had childhood memory. In her practice, She, raises questions about what is out of bounds, that raising the possibilities of sounds that cannot be controlled. In contrast, to traditional musical values.

Khabat performed with various ensembles, including the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, Sulaymaniyah string orchestra, Gothenburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, and Non-Ensemble for experimental music, also collaborated with curator, artist, and musician in Kurdistan-Iraq, Gothenburg and Malmö Sweden, Berlin and London. Khabat last piece for electro acoustic performed at the Listening Biennial in Slemani-Kurdistan as a part of the Global Listening Biennial 2021. Khabat is co-founder of Duo Moment together with Hardi Kurda, they released two albums “Broken Resonance” on Space21 Label and “Illegal Performance” at Café Oto 2021.


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