Jason Sagebiel was sent to Iraq to make war, but he still found time to make music. While on assignment, the Marine Corps scout sniper befriended a few Iraqi musicians, who taught him how to play the oud, a pear-shaped, stringed instrument common in the Arab world. In other encounters, Sagebiel sustained a serious brain injury. Once home, the Houston native retaught himself guitar, and in the process, regained his cognitive and musical abilities. In 2012, he founded Sage Music, a Long Island City music school where he teaches guitar and oud with a specialty in music therapy. (He also conducts the NYC Guitar Orchestra and performs with the folk band Mappa Mundi.) This Sunday, Sagebiel will perform The Iraqi Book, a concert featuring two string quartets, two Iraqi songs and a solo oud jam, at The Secret Theatre in LIC.
Details: The Iraqi Book, The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd Street, LIC, October 27th, 7:30 pm, $20 with $10 discount for veterans. (Event is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with funds from the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.)
Photos by Jason Sagebiel/Sage Music