The Rahim AlHaj Trio features 2-time Grammy nominee, National Endowment for The Arts 2015 National Heritage Fellow, and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artist, Iraqi oud virtuoso and composer Rahim AlHaj, joined by Iranian santour maestro Sourena Sefati and Palestinian-American Arabic percussion master Issa Malluf.
AlHaj’s intricate original compositions delicately combine traditional Iraqi maqams (the unique pitches on the Arabic musical scale and their melodic movement) with contemporary styling and influence. His music evokes the experience of exile from his homeland and of new beginnings in his adopted country.
AlHaj has performed around the globe and is considered one of the finest oud players in the world. He has recorded and performed with other master musicians of varied backgrounds and styles including genre-busting American guitarist Bill Frisell, modern accordion innovator Guy Klucevsek, Indian sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan and indy-rock pioneers REM.
The concert will be followed by a question and answer session about the Iraqi-American refugee experience.
“Alhaj’s spontaneous inventions are constantly fascinating”—Los Angeles Times.
“His music is beautiful, mysterious, and powerful. I’ve never heard anything like it. He’s an inspiration”—Bill Frisell.
$24 ($27 day of); $21 WKC Member ($24); $11 under 19
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