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Barbara B. Smith World Music Series: Rahim AlHaj, oud

Event Details
  • Location:
    Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall
  • Date:
    Monday, September 18, 2017
  • Time:
    8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Event Description

“Unique combination of traditional and innovative performance techniques. AlHaj’s spontaneous inventions are constantly fascinating.” – Los Angeles Times 


Rahim AlHaj, virtuoso oud musician and composer, was born in Baghdad, Iraq and began playing the oud (the grandfather of all stringed instruments) at age nine. Mr. AlHaj went on to earn a degree in composition at the Institute of Music in Baghdad and a degree in Arabic Literature from Mustunsariya University. In 1991, after the first Gulf War, Mr. AlHaj was forced to leave Iraq due to his activism against the Saddam Hussein regime and began his life in Jordan and Syria. He moved to the US in 2000 as a political refugee and has resided in Albuquerque, NM ever since. In 2015 Rahim was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor for traditional arts in the USA.

Tickets are available online at eastmantheatre.org, in person at the Eastman Theatre Box Office (433 East Main St.), or by calling (585) 274-3000. 

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