Smithsonian Folkways Recordings


– Taqasim Maqam Ajam
– Taqasim Maqam Mukhalif
– Taqasim Maqam Segah
– Taqasim Maqam Kurd
– Taqasim Maqam Bayyat-Hussaini
– Taqasim Maqam Hijaz
– Taqasim Maqam Lami
– Taqasim Maqam Sharqi Rast
– Taqasim Maqam Saba

– “Alhaj’s spontaneous inventions are constantly fascinating — a convincing affirmation of the rich culture of an embattled area of the world.” Los Angeles Time

– “The oud sounds like god breathing life into clay.”– John Darnielle

– “When The Soul is Settled: Music of Iraq.” This virtuoso plays the oud, a stringed instrument similar to lute. His mastery shins clearly, even to those new in Middle Eastern music. Daily press, Austin, TX

– His oriental melodies are somewhat austere, but the stunning virtuosity and profound emotion are balanced with the finest judgment. Nigel Williamson, The Times (UK)

– Rahim Alhaj’s dramatic and virtuosic playing of the oud , quite solo and improvisatory. At the end it becomes a catchy rhythmic instrumental duo rendition of a song. Kris Drever, The Weekend Planet, ABC Radio National (Australia)

– Alhaj’s abilities on the oud can be mesmerizing, especially when layered against percussionist Soihail Kaspar’s tabla. The Arizona Daily Star

– The music is refined, intimate and full of beautiful turns of phrase which inevitably sound nostalgic. Simon Broughton