Iraqi-born musician Rahim Alhaj earned a 2008 Grammy nomination for his CD titled 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 oud (Arab lute) master of the twentieth century. Since arriving in the United States in 2000, Alhaj has released three more CDs, including one of original music for oud and string quartet. Legendary jazz guitarist Bill Frisell calls Alhaj’s music “beautiful, mysterious, and powerful.” This concert on July 31, 2008, was made possible in part through support from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University.
What is podcasting?
Podcasting (from "iPod" + "broadcasting") is a way of accessing internet-based audio files. Content providers such as the Freer and Sackler Galleries create podcast feeds, which automatically update content on subscribers' computers. You can listen to the files on your computer or load them onto an MP3 player.
How to listen to podcasts
There are two ways you can listen to our podcasts. If you subscribe to a podcast series using podcasting software (such as iTunes), you'll get automatic updates whenever we add new content. Subscriptions are free. Or, you can listen to or download individual MP3 files.
To subscribe to a series:
1. Click on the iTunes link next to the series you want to subscribe to.
2. Copy the URL from the address bar of your browser and paste it into your podcasting application. (In iTunes, go to the Advanced menu and select "Subscribe to Podcast.")
If you use iTunes, click on the "podcast it from iTunes" link next to the series you want to subscribe to. That link takes you directly to our listing in the iTunes podcast directory.
To listen to individual episodes:
Click the "listen now" link after the episode you want to play.