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When the Soul Is Settled: Music of Iraq

When the Soul Is Settled: Music of Iraq

As received from his teachers and transformed by his considerable musical gifts and life experience, Rahim Alhaj carries on a significant strand of Iraqi musical tradition toward future generations—in his own way, in his own time. Alhaj studied music in Baghdad with Munir Bashir and other great teacher-performers. His extended improvisations on the oud, accompanied on Near Eastern percussion by Souhail Kaspar, include uniquely Iraqi pieces. Together they represent a proud tradition's meeting with modernity. Extensive bilingual notes, 32-page booklet. 73 minutes.

AWARDS
2007 GRAMMY Award Nominee for Best Traditional World Music Album

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Track Listing

101
Taqsim Maqam Ajam Rahim Alhaj with Souhail Kaspar 8:48
102
Taqsim Maqam Mukhalif Rahim Alhaj with Souhail Kaspar 4:32
103
Taqsim Maqam Sika Rahim Alhaj with Souhail Kaspar 7:42
104
Taqsim Maqam Kurd Rahim Alhaj with Souhail Kaspar 8:34
105
Taqsim Maqam Bayyat-Husayni Rahim Alhaj with Souhail Kaspar 7:49
106
Taqsim Maqam Hijaz Rahim Alhaj with Souhail Kaspar 8:16
107
Taqsim Maqam Lami Rahim Alhaj with Souhail Kaspar 9:19
108
Taqsim Maqam Sharqi Rast Rahim Alhaj with Souhail Kaspar 10:49
109
Taqsim Maqam Saba Rahim Alhaj with Souhail Kaspar 7:05

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