Letters from Iraq: Oud and String Quintet

Rahim Alhaj SFW40577

This is a pre-order item that will ship on or around April 7, 2017. Pre-orders receive an immediate download of “Letter 1. Eastern Love – Sinan.”

Letters from Iraq expresses the love and pain of lives lived by the people of war-torn Iraq. Actual mailed letters and their stories are transposed into eight gripping programmatic compositions by Iraqi-American composer and oud player, Rahim AlHaj with string quintet (2 violins, viola, cello, contrabass) and percussion. He says, “Music can make us laugh, make us cry, make us march into war. I want to make music to make us realize peace.” These recordings are of deep emotion and great beauty, melding mastery of Iraqi and Western classical genres alike to form something entirely new. 70 minutes, 40-page booklet with bilingual notes in English and Arabic.

Year Released 2017
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2017 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) Islamica; World

Download Liner Notes


101 Letter 1. Eastern Love – Sinan Rahim Alhaj 6:54 Not Available for Download
102 Letter 2. Forbidden Attraction – Tiama Rahim Alhaj 12:17 Not Available for Download
103 Letter 3. Running Boy – Fuad Rahim Alhaj 13:07 Not Available for Download
104 Letter 4. The Last Time We Will Fly Birds – Riyadh Rahim Alhaj 9:25 Not Available for Download
105 Letter 5. Going Home – Rahim Rahim Alhaj 7:42 Not Available for Download
106 Letter 6. Unspoken Word – Laila Rahim Alhaj 6:17 Not Available for Download
107 Letter 7. Fly Home – Fatima Rahim Alhaj 8:36 Not Available for Download
108 Letter 8. Voices to Remember – Zainab Rahim Alhaj 5:22 Not Available for Download
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