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Bill Frisell/Rahim AlHaj/Eyvind Kang

Baghdad/Seattle Suite, Walker Commission/World Premiere

Part of 2009-2010 Performing Arts Season

“Frisell is a revered figure among musicians—like Miles Davis and few others, his signature is built from pure sound and inflection; an anti-technique that is instantly identifiable.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

Traditional Iraqi maqams, Americana, and jazz come together through the innovation and styling of three contemporary virtuosos. Grammy Award–winning guitarist/composer Bill Frisell, unquestionably one of the most revered musicians in the jazz world, joins Iraqi refugee and oud master Rahim AlHaj and acclaimed violist and erhu player Eyvind Kang for an adventurous evening of East-meets-West compositions. The ancient tones of AlHaj’s oud and Frisell’s masterful guitar are spanned by Kang’s interests in new music, folk, rock, and Middle Eastern melodies, creating a sound that is lyrical, timeless, and universally appealing. The artists will be in residence together at the Walker refining their compositions prior to the performance.

Copresented with the National Performance Network (NPN).


Baghdad/Seattle Suite is an NPN Creation Fund Project commissioned by the Walker Art Center in partnership with Outpost Productions (Albuquerque, NM) and the NPN, with support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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