John Kameel Farah


jkf1[From Official Website] John Kameel Farah is a Toronto–based composer, pianist and visual artist. He studied composition and piano performance at the University of Toronto, where he received the Glenn Gould Composition Award twice during his studies. In 1999 he had private lessons with Terry Riley in California, and later at the Arabic Music Retreat in Hartford. In 1998, he performed the complete solo piano works of Arnold Schoenberg in Toronto. Toronto’s NOW Magazine named his as Best Pianist 2006. Recently John received the 2011 K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Music from the Ontario Arts Council.
Farah now focuses primarily on his own creative hybrid of improvisation, composition and electronic music. Simultaneously using piano, synthesizer, computer, and at times harpsichord, his solo performances exist somewhere between the concert hall and an experimental DJ set, mixing forays into free improvisation, jazz, electro–acoustics, middle-eastern modes, and ambient minimalism and distilling them into cohesive, imaginative surrealistic structures.
Farah performs regularly in his native Toronto, and has toured internationally across the U.K., Europe, USA, Canada, the Middle–East, Brazil, South Korea and Mexico. In 1999 and 2002, he visited the Edward Said National Conservatory in the West Bank, giving performances and masterclasses in Ramallah, East Jerusalem and Bethlehem. His last solo CD, “Unfolding” was released on Dross:tik Records in 2009, followed by a duo album in 2011 with pianist Attila Fias, and his next album will be released in 2013. He also is a member of the Canadian Electronic Ensemble.
In an effort to expand his musical palette, his music draws upon an interest in history, mythology and painting. As a visual artist, his ink drawings have been presented at solo and group exhibitions. He has also composed extensively for solo piano as well as for string quartet, percussion groups, wind ensembles and electronic arrangements.
John is very pleased to be the pianist for Peggy Baker Dance Projects, as well as the Electronic-Composer-in-Residence for Soundstreams Canada for 2013. He is represented by Annette Gentz Music Arts, based in Berlin, Germany.

Artist / AlbumYearCreditPurchase
2009 John Kameel Farah - Unfolding
John Kameel Farah
Jun 2009
Noah Mintz