The Outpost Jazz Performance Space

Albuquerque's Non-Profit, Member-Supported, Community-Based Performing Arts Center

Rahim AlHaj Letters From Iraq

March 11, 2017 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Time: 7:30pm     Day: Saturday     Doors: 7:00pm     Ages: All Ages     Price: $20 - $25

Iraqi born oud virtuoso and composer, Rahim AlHaj returns to Outpost for a special concert celebrating the release of his latest Smithsonian Folkways CD, Letters From Iraq which features new compositions by AlHaj for oud, percussion and string quintet and is a musical account of the tragedy of the children in Iraq spanning the period from Saddam Hussein's capture in 2003 until now. Through the music AlHaj hopes to bring deeper meaning to their plight and find a path towards healing. Described as "a new chamber music, or classical, Iraqi, world/international or global music...a masterful amalgam, a new musical alloy," the project features AlHaj on oud, along with some of New Mexico's finest classical musicians- David Felberg and Ruxandra Marquardt, violins; Shanti Randall, viola; James Holland, cello; Jean-Luc Matton, bass; plus Issa Malouf, percussion- all of whom perform tonight. Born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, Rahim AlHaj was forced to leave his country after the first Gulf War due to his activism against the Baath regime. He moved to Albuquerque in 2000 as a political refugee and became a US citizen in 2008. AlHaj has performed around the world and has won numerous accolades and awards, including two Grammy nominations and a United States Artist Award. He has recorded and performed with a wide range of musicians including Bill Frisell, Guy Klucevsek, and REM. In 2015, he was named a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow. $25/$20 Members & Students