Saadoun al-Bayati and his ensemble will be performing this summer at Union Square as part of the Union Square Live concert series!
Saadoun Al-Bayati has devoted his talents to promoting his Iraqi musical heritage to American audiences, i.e., the demanding and highly complex traditional music of Iraq, al-maqamat al-Iraqiyya.
Saadoun's inspired performances as singer, oudist, and percussionist derive from his experience of Sufi rhythms and meditative states in the Baghdad of his childhood and youth. Quranic recitation prepared his voice to achieve precise gradations of tone. A graduate of Chicago's Goodman Theatre, Saadoun's impassioned performances are enhanced by his formal training in Western theatre and his many years of experience before live audiences on night club and concert stages.
Saadoun Al-Bayati has performed in the U.S. as a featured artist with such notables as American folksinger Joan Baez, the Billy Mitchell Jazz Ensemble, Hamza El-Din, Professor Ali Jihad Racy, the Kan Zaman and Zawaya orchestras, the Hutchins Consort, and many more. The Saadoun Al-Bayati Ensemble has played most recently at cultural events and at benefits for orphaned children and refugees from Iraq and Afghanistan, with appearances at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Southern California (USC), the Levantine Cultural Center in Los Angeles, Citizens Reach Out in San Francisco, the Arab Cultural and Community Center and the San Francisco Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. http://www.saadounal-bayati.com
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