Episode 8: Radia Bakkali - Living and Breathing the Drama of Music

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Radia Bakkali is a musical artist, pianist, composer, and teacher. She began practicing piano and music theory at the age of 8 at the Tangier National Conservatory. She obtained her diploma in piano studies from the National Exam of classical piano in Rabat and then began to teach at the national conservatory of music in tangier. Her studies continued in Spain, where she trained at conservatories in Grenada and now in Ceuta. She has participated in a number of International concerts, events, and competitions including those in Spain, Belgium, Serbia, Germany and Morocco. Radia has collaborated with other musicians in chamber music concerts, played solo performances, creates visually stunning cover videos and also writes her own compositions.

In this conversation, we talk about how she fell in love with the piano, composition as a way of expressing deep emotion, taking time and paying attention to details in your personal work, how artistic projects can connect you to your community and also how to ask for help from supportive people in your life, and music as a universal language.

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NOTES

-Radia’s youtube channel (where you can see all of the videos we discuss), instagram, and facebook page
-Le Conservatoire d’Art et de Musique de Tanger
-The Departed Soul (her first composition)
-Game of Thrones (it came up a lot)
-Some of her favorite musical influences: Chopin, Ramin Djawadi, Hans Zimmer, Coldplay, Le Trio Joubran


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