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Biography

The Iraqi Maqam Ensemble was founded in 1989 in Baqdad, Iraq By Mohammad Gomar to continuation of The Iraqi Musical Heritage Group which was initiated in 1973 by the prominent Lute professor Munir Bashir.

The group of Maqam has met its objective to revive the Iraqi Maqam and other kinds of Iraqi musical heritage and spread it via Arabic and international festivals the voice of Farida Mohammad Ali, the maqam singer

The ensemble members had all finished their studies in the Musical Institute & Academy of Fine Arts in Iraq.

The group is considered to be one the most important in Iraq in reviving the Iraqi Maqam. It has participated in a large number of music festivals and was considered to be one of the best 14 groups in the world by the jury of the festival WOMEX2001 which took place in Rotterdam in Holland. Rotterdam was chosen as the cultural capital of Europe for the year 2001. The name of the group of Iraqi Maqam figures in the book of the festival in page 103 and in page 150.

Members of the group of Iraqi Maqam:

Farida Mohammad Ali - Maqam Singer

Mohammad Gomar Al-Bawi - Jozza & Violen Player ( Manager of the Group )

Bahir Haschim Al-Rejab - Qanun Player

Jamil M. Al-Asadi - Qanun & Violen Player

Khalid Hussein Gomar - Ud player

Adnan Shanan Abdullamir - Nay Player

Wisam Al-Azzawi - Santor Player

Salar Asid - Violen Player

Abdulatif Saad Al-Obaidi - Ud & Riqq Player

Karim Darwish - Tabla Player

Saher Mechail Dawoud - Naqqara Player

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