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Amir-John Haddad: From a childhood hobby

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 19 2012   /  07:35 am

(Courtesy of Komunitas Salihara/Witjak)The moment you walk into a gig by Spain-based multi-instrumentalist Amir-John Haddad, you will know you are witnessing something special. That was exactly the atmosphere inside the Salihara Theater recently, as the musician was about to perform at this year’s Festival Salihara.

Upon walking into the theater, audience members saw five stringed instruments on display side-by-side at the center of the stage, including a Flamenco guitar and a three-necked electric guitar, seemingly itchy in anticipation for the musician’s deft fingers to pluck them.

As Haddad picked up one of the instruments and his fingers started to pick the first few notes, it took a very short time to feel your heart stirring and your ears lifted high to the heavens.

In the one-hour performance, Haddad also played the Arabic electric oud, the Turkish electr...