Rahim AlHaj & Sahba Motallebi

Rahim AlHaj & Sahba Motallebi

Iraqi oud master with Iranian tar virtuosa

Friday, October 18Fri, Oct 18 at 7:30 pm

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

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Online sales close two hours before the show. Tickets are ALWAYS available at the door!

Two masters of traditional stringed instruments – Iraqi oud master Rahim AlHaj and Iranian tar virtuosa Sahba Motallebi – will perform together in this extraordinary event.

“One of the top oud players in the world” (San Francisco Chronicle), Rahim AlHaj was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and began playing the oud – the grandfather of all stringed instruments – at age nine. In his nearly forty-year career, he has won many accolades and awards, including two Grammy nominations in 2008 and 2010.

In 1991, Rahim was forced to leave Iraq due to his activism against the Saddam Hussein regime. He moved to the United States in 2000 as a political refugee, and he has resided in Albuquerque, NM, ever since. In 2015, Rahim was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor for traditional arts in the United States.

Sahba Motallebi is a virtuosa on both the tar and setar, two related lutes at the heart of Persian classical music. As a teenager in her native Iran, she pushed against patrimonial restrictions and emerged as a dynamo on her instruments; when she was only fourteen, she began her studies at the Tehran Conservatory of Music, and between the years 1995 and 1998, she was a four-time winner as best tar player at the Iranian Music Festival.

Venue Information

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
247 W. Lovell, Kalamazoo, MI

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Ticket Information

Tickets available in advance or ALWAYS at the door!


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