Rahim AlHaj presents Letters from Iraq

Rahim AlHaj presents Letters from Iraq
February 24, 2018 8:00 PM

Photo credit: Michael G. Stewart

Saturday, February 24 • 8:00 p.m.


With string quintet Enrique Reynosa (violin), Rafael Javadov (violin) Yuri Tomenkov (viola), Johnny Walker (cello), Kimberly M. Johnson (bass) and Issa Malluf (percussion).


In Letters from Iraq (Smithsonian Folkways, 2017), this two-time Grammy nominee's eight compositions for oud, string quintet, and percussion convey the story of contemporary Baghdad from the fall of Saddam Hussein to the present day. AlHaj, one of the world’s most renowned oud masters, began writing the music after reading touching personal letters he received from Iraqi women and children during a 2014 trip to his homeland. This virtuoso musician has created chamber music that beautifully depicts a city in crisis but not without hope.


"Unique combination of traditional and innovative performance techniques. AlHaj's spontaneous inventions are constantly fascinating.” — Los Angeles Times


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Ticket Price: $20
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