"Volumes are spoken without words as these extraordinary musicians bring their talents to bear on traditional ethnic musics..."
Salaam has delighted audiences for years with its expansive repertoire of Middle Eastern and North African music. Salaam is true to the traditions, informing the uninitiated, and evoking nostalgia in listeners who are familiar with the art form. What sets Salaam apart is the versatility of its musicians, whose deep knowledge of Eastern and Western styles gives them the flexibility to move effortlessly between genres. The sound, while rooted in maqam (the modal system used throughout the Middle East), infuses tasteful forays into jazz, rock, blues, classical and avant garde. Salaam, whose name means peace in Arabic, is a musical ambassador for peaceful coexistence.
Since its founding in 1993, Salaam members have performed with international artists including Grammy Award winner, Youssou N’Dour, Real World recording artists The Master Musicians of Jajouka, Smithsonian recording artist Rahim AlHaj, Moroccan Gnawa musician Hassan Hakmoun, Iraqi Maqam masters Hamid El-Saadi and Farida, Turkish multi-instrumentalist Emin S. Sağbaş, Egyptian trumpeter Sami El-Bably, Azerbaijani kemanche player Munis Sharifov and others.
Some of Salaam's recent performances:
· Genesis at the Crossroads Festival, Chicago Cultural Center, IL
· Chicago Summer Dance Series, Grant Park, Chicago, IL
· Capitol Concert Series, Jefferson City, MO
· Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
· Cleveland Museum of Art, OH
· Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN
· Indianapolis Children’s Museum, IN
· Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
· Graceland University Concert Series, Lamoni, IA
· University of Wisconsin Turkish Student's Association, Madison, WI
· Portage County Cultural Festival, Stevens Point, WI
· Lotus World Music and Art Festival, Bloomington, IN
· Arabian Fest, Milwaukee, WI
· Indiana State University Multicultural Mania, Terre Haute , IN
· Purdue Turkish Student Association Annual Dinner, Lafayette, IN
· Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL