I am Sally Zori.
I am a transgender Iraqi (They/Them/Their) multi-disciplinary artist born in Baghdad, raised in the United Arab Emirates and different parts of Canada. Today, I live on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.
At the age of 11, I picked up my first drum, the Doumbek (middle eastern goblet drum), and never stopped. By the time I was 18, I'd played several instruments including congas, bongos, timbales, drum kit, and guitar. I pursued a career in music, performing, and touring while attending the University of Windsor to study Film & Television. My musical journey took me all over Canada and the world, performing in international arts festivals; The Sydney Festival in Australia, Dublin Fringe in Ireland, and the PuSh Festival in Vancouver, and was once lucky enough to have the opportunity (one new years eve in '08) to be the percussionist for Aretha Franklin.
In early 2017, I started my own content creation company (Zori Media) which led to my falling back in love with making videos. With a film degree under my belt and a new found love for making videos, I'm starting to experiment with video composite art on collaborations with other Vancouver based artists.
Today, I'm still a session musician, percussionist, and content creator just trying to get through the pandemic. I am currently working on my story of being a third culture kid exploring my relationship with 'home' and how to heal. Working with film, the piece hopes to incorporate spoken word with live musical underscoring.