Date: July 31, 2008 (Thursday)
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Place: Meyer Auditorium of the Freer Gallery of Art
Tickets: free but must order tickets (for a service fee of $2.75 per ticket and $1.25 per order) from Ticketmaster beginning 10:00 a.m. the second Monday before the event through Ticketmaster at (202) 397-7328, (410) 547-7328, or (703) 573-7328
Iraqi-born musician Rahim Alhaj earned a Grammy nomination in 2008 for his CD When the Soul is Settled: Music of Iraq, released on the Smithsonian Folkways label. He studied at the famed Baghdad Conservatory under the late Munir Bashir , who was perhaps the greatest 'ud master of the twentieth century. Since arriving in the United States in 2000, Alhaj has released three more CDs, including one for 'ud and string quartet. Legendary jazz guitarist Bill Frisell calls Aljah's music "beautiful, mysterious, and powerful."