Zirak Hamad is a violinist, drummer and teacher originally from Iraqi Kurdistan living in the UK since 2002. A graduate of the Institute of Fine Arts in Iraq, he has a wide range of artistic experience. During his time in the UK he has worked as a freelance artist delivering Middle Eastern dance and music workshops for schools, community groups and festivals across the UK. Zirak also leads Daholl Kurdish Band, a lively blend of Kurdish and Middle Eastern music, traditional and contemporary, popular dance music. In 2012 Zirak also established the event called (Muzikstan) in Birmingham to provide artists with a platform to highlight their cultures and talents.