Riad & Takht

Riad & Takht

 Oak Park, California, USA
BandWorldNew Age

Takht Riad---Egyptian ethnic instruments---virtuoso performers who embrace the art of musical ecstasy---"tarab"; meditative yet breathtaking improvisations---"taqasim" and whirling pre-composed musical forms cross-fertilize world Sufi, Jazz and Classical music genres.


Composer and violinist, Riad Abdel-Gawad apprenticed and performed many years with Islamic art of sound (handasah al sawt) composer and violinist, Abdo Dagher, who taught generations of musicians through oral transmission: note by note, rhythm by rhythm, in which the Sufi (tasawwuf) form of teacher-pupil lineages are evident all of over the Muslim world. Mr. Abdel-Gawad is considered by his teacher and his peers in Egypt to be one of the most serious artists to come out of this distinct stylistic school. Dr. Abdel-Gawad composed two acclaimed albums: El Tarab El Aseel and Egypt: Mother of the World, distributed world-wide by City Hall Records. He has performed in numerous festivals and venues and for organizations around the globe, including: Musik der Welt in Basel, The Institute of the Arab World in Paris, the International Festival of Culture in PyrenĂŠes, the House of Cultures of the World in Berlin, and the Egyptian Academy of Arts in Rome. Dr. Abdel-Gawad earned his Ph.D. in music from Harvard University and presently teaches at Bayan Claremont, an Islamic College at Claremont Lincoln University. Recently, Dr. Abdel-Gawad was interviewed by NPR and his music was featured on the series: Ecstatic Voices - Sacred Music in America. His film credits include music for the documentary, Words of Witness, recently featured on Al Jazeera America. He is the founder of Midan Elmusica Inc. an organization dedicated to disseminating Egyptian music.


El Tarab El Aseel---"Autochthonic Enchantment" - Incognito ME---streaming excerpts on riadabdelgawad.com and April/May 2007 airplays on over 150 US, Canadian and European radio stations

Set List

Original compositions
repertoire of 10,000 Egyptian songs.