Chatter weaves together traditional and contemporary classical music in often surprising programs that include a reading by our poet/speaker of the morning and a two-minute celebration of silence. Composer and virtuoso oud player Rahim AlHaj was born in Baghdad, but as an exile, he now calls Albuquerque home. While he performs all around the globe, there are few opportunities for New Mexicans to hear him play locally.
His latest project, "Letters from Iraq," to be released as a CD and documentary film from Smithsonian Folkways on January 1, 2017, will be previewed at this Chatter Sunday concert. The project combines oud with western classical string instruments, and the string players playing with AlHaj are all locals and Chatter regulars.The featured poet will be Kristian Macaron.