Event Speaker: Attab Haddad (UK)
Attab Haddad holds a degree in Business Management, a diploma in Sound Engineering as well as a Master’s degree with Distinction in Music Performance. He studied the oud with Ahmed Mukhtar in London, with Nihad El-Sayed and the renowned virtuoso Naseer Shamma at the Arab Oud House in Cairo and with the Turkish oud master Yurdal Tokcan in Istanbul and Greece. He has collaborated with many artists in many genres (Juan Martin, Cerys Matthews, Max Baillie, John Metcalfe, Eugene Skeef, Clara Sanabras, Ramon Ruiz, Sabina Rakcheyeva, Kinan Azmeh, Kathleen Tagg and many others) as co-composer, producer, musician and session player and featured as a guest on various albums. Haddad’s work has featured on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Arabic Service, SOAS Radio and Resonance FM as well as on various Middle Eastern and Turkish TV Channels and he has performed in the UK, Europe, USA, Turkey, Middle East and India to much acclaim. In 2008 he founded the Attab Haddad Quintet which plays his own compositions drawing on Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Jazz and contemporary composed music creating a sound that is unique to the band. The Quintet has appeared live on BBC Radio and at some of London’s finest venues including Cadogan Hall where they supported Natacha Atlas, The Purcell Room, and The Forge where they closed the London Jazz Festival in 2011. The Quintet has become Haddad’s main focus and they released their first CD ‘Days Distinctive’ in 2012 on Weave Records to a great response from critics. Other long term projects include ARA Trio which has explored the commonalities between the folk music of the Middle East and southern Spain and a duet with percussionist Antonio Romero in which they perform music from composers of the Middle east like Simon Shaheen and Naseer Shamma, as well as Haddad’s own works. Aside of his performances, Haddad has worked within the spheres of dance, television and film. Haddad’s film and TV credits include session work on Paul Gladstone-Reid’s music for Isaac Julien’s Phantom Creole, numerous collaborations with TV composer David Lowe, and session work on James Newton Howard’s music for Ed Zwick’s film, Blood Diamond, starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Jennifer Connelly, as well as various documentaries and TV programmes. His playing features on the award winning film Theeb (2014) directed by Naji Abu Nowar, on Taxi Tehran directed by Jafar Panahi. He has also written music for several plays in the UK. He continues to work as a composer for adverts and corporate ad campaigns.