From East to West | Amir-John Haddad (Spain)
Galeri Salihara | Wednesday—Thursday, October 10—11, 2012, 08:00 PM
Duration: 60 mins | Tickets: Rp50,000, Students: Rp25,000
Amir-John Haddad is a multi-instrumentalist musician. He plays a wide range of musical instruments, especially plucked strings instruments: from traditional ones such as the Saudi Arabian oud, the Turkish saz, flamenco guitar, to three-necked electric guitars. Through his expertise in these various instruments, he combines traditional art with modern sounds, between the East as his traditional repertoire, and the West that has provided him with modern technologies and knowledge in making music.
From East to West does not only provide us with a variety of diverse sounds and musical instruments, but also with a range of musical styles: folk music, oriental, funk, rock, etc. The musician absorbs local music traditions from each place he visits, internalizing them with his music, in hopes that he may find the depth and richness of world music. Each of his music proves these wide-ranging influences, in addition to the diversity of emotions, sounds, and atmosphere created in his musical landscape.
A very original composer and musician with a great sense of music, Amir-John Haddad was born in Freiburg, Germany, from a Colombian mother and a Palestinian father. For ten years, he toured the world with the Spanish band Radio Tarifa. He has collaborated with at least 32 musicians and music groups. He has also released a flamenco solo album, Pasando Por Tabernas (2006). In 1999, his musical composition won first prize at the VIII Certamen Nacional de Coreografia para Danza Española y Flamenco, in Spain.