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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