Iraqi oud virtuoso and composer and two-time Grammy nominee Rahim AlHaj perfectly blends traditional and contemporary music with breathtaking skill and emotion. He's joined by Iranian santour maestro Sourena Sefati and Palestinian-American Arabic percussion master Issa Malluf. AlHaj translates the joy, angst, passion, and determination that he has experienced and witnessed in his lifelong struggle against injustice--as an Iraqi, a political refugee, and now an American citizen--into soulful and passionate music. "His music is beautiful, mysterious, and powerful. I've never heard anything like it. He's an inspiration"-- guitarist Bill Frisell.
The concert will be followed by a brief discussion with Rahim AlHaj about the Iraqi-American refugee experience.