Oud musician and composer Clarissa Bitar has been confirmed to perform at the Arab American Civic Council’’s 2022 Arab American Heritage Gala on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove, Calif.
Clarissa Bitar is an award winning Palestinian oud musician and composer born, raised, and based in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Music and an emphasis in Ethnomusicology. To further her studies, Clarissa sought out and learned from prominent Arab oudists including Simon Shaheen, Charbel Rouhana, and Bassam Saba. Clarissa has had the privilege of performing around the country and internationally.
She has incorporated oud with a multitued of genres ranging from R&B to Pop to Hip Hop and Rap. Her latest album titled ‘Hassan Sabi’ is out now on all streaming platforms.
Her music has been featured on radio, film, and exhibits around the word. She released a joint poetry-oud EP with Palestinian poet Mohammed El-Kurd in January of 2019 titled Bellydancing on Wounds as well as a her solo EP Bayati.
Clarissa has a passion for teaching and sharing knowledge on Arab music, as well as performing and hopes to continue to carve our spaces for oud share this tradition with others.