Welcoming Ali Saad to AR-Helsinki
Ali Saad (born 1996) is an Iraqi musician who was born into a big musical family in Baghdad. Many of his family members have been famous and respected musicians from all over the Arabic world. He learned his singing technique from his uncles and sings both classical Tarab and pop music. In 2019 he went on to study Arabic singing and maqam-theory in Cairo.
Saad is currently working in Finland as a musician, composer and sound designer. He has worked at the Finnish National Theater, on dance performances and has performed in concerts with many diﬀerent ensembles. He has been studying western music in Finland at the Pop Jazz Conservatorio since 2018 with a focus on making music in-between two cultures and the potential of combining traditions and techniques to create something unique.
During his IA-Residency, Saad will be making new music for an upcoming album and creating a new concept for a theatre and music performance in cooperation with a Belgian theatre group.
Watch Ali’s 2019 music video Dreaming of Joy a duo with Sanna Salmenkallio below:
Ali Saad is an IA-Resident of Perpetuum Mobile (PM)’s “Immigré Artists (IA) & Artists at Risk (AR)” network, a part of the Artists at Risk (AR)-Network. His IA-Residency is co-organized by PM and the Finnish Musicians’ Union\Finnish Music Council, and co-hosted at HIAP-Helsinki International Artist Programme on the island of Suomenlinna. It is co-funded by Nordic Culture Point and the City of Helsinki-funded Artists at Risk (AR) Safe Haven Helsinki.
The AR Secretariat, which administers the wider AR-Network, is generously funded by Koneen Säätiö – Kone Foundation.