Oud concert caps Open Mic Plus series

Oct 05, 2018
Jawad Al-Fatlawi

Stockton Springs — The seasonal Open Mic Plus series concludes Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Sandy Point Community Hall, 684 Route 1.

The 7 p.m. Open Mic hour is open to all ages and levels of talent; storytellers, poets, actors, comedians and musicians of all kinds are welcome. After a 15-minute break for refreshments, the feature performance hour begins about 8:15 p.m.

Featured October performer is Jawad Al-Fatlawi, a player of the oud (Arabic lute). A refugee from Baghdad, Iraq, Al-Fatlawi is a composer, solo oud player, oud maker and teacher who has called Maine home since 2016. He graduated from the Higher Institute of Music and completed his studies at the University of Baghdad, receiving his master's degree in the philosophy of musical sciences.

He began his musical career in the oud industry in 1984 and since 1989 has made more than 3,000 ouds and other musical instruments. He was a professor of music for many years before leaving Iraq. He made all the instruments that he plays including the goldeneye oud — the only instrument of its kind in the world.

Al-Fatlawi began his performance career in Maine on World Refugee Day in 2016, having been in the United States just four months. Since then he has played at school, community and family events. He also has worked as an inventor to create unique instruments that blend the musical traditions of the East and the West.

Admission is a sliding scale donation of $3 to $10, free for children younger than 18. For more information, call 567-4044. The historic Sandy Point Community Hall overlooks the mouth of the Penobscot River, just 3.5 miles south of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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