Muchid Al Khalaf
Muchid Alkhalaf started to study music at the age of 10; and
soon oud (Lute) lessons at the Youth conservatoire of Music in
became at the center of his musical interest despite the other classical Violin
and Keyboard courses.
At the age of 14, Muchid joined “Alfarah” (Joy) chorus group (one of the largest church choirs in
the Middle East) as an oud player and participated in
their numerous recitals. Moreover, the young artist had the chance to live his
first professional recording experience when he performed Oud solos in one of Alfarah’s albums at the age of 15.
Muchid arrived to Canada
in 1993 and soon started being actively involved in artistic events both at the
high-school where he studied, and in community performances. In 1995, and due
to time restrictions, Muchid chose to stop pursuing Violin classes that had
become very time consuming, and focus on regular science studies. However,
music never stopped to be his number one passion and hobby, thus artistic
research, practice, and concerts continued in parallel with school.
Very active in the music domain, Muchid performed at various
community shows over the years and also participated in several artistic events
such as the Festival de la Chanson Folklorique
de Marieville, the Festival du Monde
Arabe, and the Festival des Musiques
et du Monde as a member of the groups the BackStrings and “Aghanina”.
In 2000, Muchid performed traditional melodies at the Céline
Dion & René Angélil Marriage Vows Renewal Ceremony in Las
In 2001, Muchid co-composed and recorded the theme music for
a documentary movie called “Mohammet”
that was broadcasted on the channel ARTV in Europe.
In 2002, the young oud player became a member of the
folkloric group Aghanina that
features 9 musicians and about 20 singers presenting classical and popular Middle
In 2004, Muchid co-founded the group BACKstrings which is now
composed of 7 artists playing mainly acoustic strings instruments and promoting
instrumental oriental melodies arranged in a new creative fashion.
Muchid obtained a bachelor degree in Computer Engineering from
Concordia University in 2002.
He believes that there are no limits to one’s dreams and aspirations especially when it comes to performing on oud.