Hamid Al-Saadi + Amir ElSaffar

Hamid Al-Saadi + Amir ElSaffar

Sat · September 8, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$25.00 - $30.00

Based in Baghdad, Hamid Al-Saadi is the foremost performer of Iraqi Maqam music of his generation, and only living artist who has mastered the entire Maqam repertoire. Instability in Iraq has placed this musical tradition in danger of extinction. A repository of Iraq’s rich history, it is included on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Al-Saadi performs Maqam with Amir ElSaffar, renown Iraqi-American composer, musician, and vocalist who fuses jazz and Arabic music.


As opening act, the Iranian Female Composers Association has composed a series of contemporary classical pieces inspired by Revolutions & Movements. Performed by an ensemble, these compositions include a world premiere by composer Rojin Sharafi. IFCA is revolutionary in its mission to create space for growth and empowerment for Iranian female-identifying composers, bringing to light stories that would not have otherwise had the chance to shine.

سعد الحميد
Based in Baghdad, Hamid Al-Saadi is the foremost performer of Iraqi Maqam music in his generation, and the only living artist who has mastered the entire Maqam repertoire in all of its variations. Instability in Iraq has placed this centuries old musical tradition in danger of extinction. Hamid’s rare performance in Washington D.C. marks the first stop on his historic tour through the U.S.
A self-improvised recitation of poetry consisting of some 100 melodies, the Maqam is the urban classical vocal tradition of Iraq. More than any other art form or cultural offering, it represents Iraq in all of its complexity. It is a repository of Iraq’s rich history, included on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Al-Saadi performs Maqam alongside Amir ElSaffar, a renown Iraqi-American composer, trumpeter, santur player, and vocalist who fuses jazz and Arabic music.
Venue Information:
Dupont Underground
1500 19th Street NW
Washington, DC, 20036
http://www.dupontunderground.org/