Saif Al-Khayyat

Baghdad / Trier — Aoud

Musiker-Saif Al-Khayyat
Saif Al-Khayyat was born in 1977 in Baghdad. He studied classical Arab lute from 1992 to 1998 at the Baghdad Conservatory. His teachers included Rawhi Al-Khammash, Salem Abdul Karem and Sami Nasim, among others. During his studies, he concentrated on playing as a soloist with the ‘Amasi Al Sharq’ orchestra and composing songs for church choirs. He left Iraq in 1999 for Germany, where he found a new home and the opportunity to further develop himself musically. Saif Al-Khayyat founded the oriental jazz ensemble ‘Ho-Jazz’ in Leipzig, bringing Arab classical music and jazz together. He has appeared, among other places, at the ‘Lute Festival’ in Dresden, the ‘Quedlinburger Musiksommer’ (Quedlinburg Summer of Music) and the ‘Leipziger Jazznachwuchsfestival’ (Leipzig Jazz Festival for Young Talent).