Rahim AlHaj and Sahba Motallebi: Iraq Meets Iran in Musical Dialogu

Left to right: Rahim AlHaj by Douglas Kent Hall; Sahba Motallebi, courtesy of the artist


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.

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Watch AlHaj and Motallebi perform together live on stage.