Interview with David Reihs, Portland, Oregon

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David Reihs
David Reihs (Portland, Oregon)

Playing Arabic keyboard and accordion, Middle Eastern percussion, ud, and elektro-saz, David Reihs is a multi-instrumentalist turned producer and educator who currently focuses on music of Turkish and Arabic cultures. He has been studying a wide variety of Middle Eastern genres and instruments since 2001, including four years living in Istanbul, Turkey, where he learned and spent time with many of the country’s finest musicians. Aside from his work with Ritim Egzotik, David’s company produces concerts, workshops and instructional DVDs for Middle Eastern music and dance. He is the artistic director for Ritim Egzotik, a modern Turkish and Arabic music ensemble that respectfully plays classic and popular Arabic and Turkish compositions and tosses in prog rock and psychedelic spices to add their own twist and modernize the songs they love. Added to this feast of sounds are Greek and Turkish Roman favorites.

Interviewed by Raquel Paraíso, 10/14/2020.
Raquel Paraíso
Music; United States; Covid-19 Pandemic
Portland, Oregon
Musicians in America during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Society for Ethnomusicology

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