Rahim AlHaj and Sahba Motallebi—Cancelled
Iraq Meets Iran in Musical Dialogue
Sunday, April 19, 7:00 pm
About the Program
Experience the magical collaboration between two string masters: Iraqi oud maestro, NEA National Heritage Fellow, and two-time Grammy nominee Rahim AlHaj and Iranian tar virtuoso Sahba Motallebi. Imprisoned and tortured by Saddam Hussein’s government for his political activism, AlHaj found refuge in the US in 2000, around the time Motallebi settled in LA after traveling as a member of the Iranian National Orchestra. The two began performing together in 2018, creating music to heal the wounds of war and illuminating the unique yet related musical traditions of their homelands.