Rahim Alhaj - 2006 - When The Soul Is Settled. Music of Iraq

Rahim Alhaj was raised in Baghdad, Iraq, and began studying the oud when he was nine years old and gave solo concerts from age fourteen. He attended the prestigious Baghdad Conservatory of Fine Arts, (comparable to Julliard School of Music in the US), studying under Munir Bashir and Salim Abdul Kareem, whence he graduated from the six-year program with honors in 1990. He left Iraq the next year under pressure from Saddam Hussein’s government including imprisonment and torture due to artistic resistance to the regime. Rahim lived in Jordan and later in Syria until 2000, when he was granted political refugee status and moved to the US, where he resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. An improviser and composer, he has performed in hundreds of solo concerts throughout the Near East, Europe and across North America. He performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in June 2006 for this CD release tour. Rahim also teaches a Middle East Music History and Ensemble class at the University of New Mexico. His website is www.rahimalhaj.com.

As received from his teachers, Rahim Alhaj carries the Iraqi musical tradition, yet he has moved it along toward the next generations in his own way, in his own time. Souhail Kaspar is a master percussionist, born in Lebanon and trained at the Conservatory of Traditional Arabic Music (Nadi al-Funun al-Arabiyya) in Aleppo, Syria. He lives in Los Angeles, but travels worldwide to work, in constant demand for performances, recording sessions and teaching engagements. For online information, see www.neareastmusic.com.

Track List:

1Taqsim Maqam Ajam
تقاسيم مقام عجم.
2 Taqsim Maqam Mukhalif
تقاسيم مقام مخالف.
3 Taqsim Maqam Sika
تقاسيم مقام سيكاه.
4 Taqsim Maqam Kurd
تقاسيم مقام كرد.
5 Taqsim Maqam Bayyat Husayni
تقاسيم مقام بيات حسيني.
6 Taqsim Maqam Hijaz
تقاسيم مقام حجاز.
7 Taqsim Maqam Lami
تقاسيم مقام لامي.
8 Taqsim Maqam Sharqi Rast
تقاسيم مقام شرقي رست.
9 Taqsim Maqam Saba
. تقاسيم مقام صبا

Duration : 73:29 | Bitarte :  320 kBit/s | Year : 2006 | Size :  176 mb

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