Aida Nadeem

(born in 1965 in Baghdad, Iraq). Denmark composer, musician, singer & a performer. At the age of twelve she began her studies of the bassoon at the prestigious Academy for Music and Ballet in Baghdad. Accordingly, her repertoire consisted of both classical and avant-garde music, while Arabic music remained an integral part of her sound world, as a natural element of everyday life. At the time, the primary sources of inspiration for her were composers like Karlheinz Stockhausen and Arthur Honegger. Later she gained employment with Iraq's symphony orchestra. Aida Nadeem moved to Denmark in 1991 and enrolled at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. The sources of inspiration included the work of artists as diverse as Bill Laswell, Nina Hagen, Transglobal Underground and Talvin Singh. The ingredients of her music were experimental electronic beats, oriental sound surfaces and most especially, a new and powerful vocal expression, with Arabic and Turkmen as the lyrical and language-related context. Through this project, she gained international recognition and participation at important European music festivals like Womad, Cambridge, Glastonbury & Roskilde. Out of Baghdad served for a many-faceted collaboration with artists from many different parts of the world and specifically with Aki Nawaz, The jungle Orchestra, The Angel Brothers & the controversial Lebanese poet Jumana Hadad.
Selected recordings: CD Out of Baghdad, 2005; CD Beyond Destruction, 2013; Live Out Loud, 2010; The track Baghdad Al Salaam: which was exclusively written for Amnesty International/ Spain 2009. The short Film, music by her: A space Exodu, 2008, The short film: Nation Estate, 2013.

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