Omar Haddad is a multi-instrumentalist, mainly a guitarist, singer-songwriter, and violinist. Omar is of Arab descent, was born in Canada, raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is based in New York City since 2007 and in the Hamptons since 2017. His influences include jazz, rock, pop, Latin, and classical music, and they come together in the songs he writes for THIS, his rock band. Omar regularly plays at The Stephen Talkhouse among other venues, and he has recently been named an A & R for Mi5 Recordings, a record label under Universal Music Group with former guitarist for Modern English Ted Mason as president. As an Mi5 member, Omar has recorded strings for Elizabeth McGovern, and in collaboration with Mr. Mason he is co-producing the upcoming album of THIS. Omar also regularly tours with
Omar is also a solo guitarist playing both instrumental jazz arrangements with three-part improvisation (bass, chord, and melody) and classical music on electric guitar. In February of 2014, Omar was interviewed by Lamon Fenner for “Lamon’s Jazz Break at 8” on WHCR 90.3 FM “The Voice of Harlem,” where Lamon described Omar as “a very fine solo guitarist,” pointing at his “really excellent talent” and “impressive sound.”
Omar’s Debut CD was Ceremony, a jazz-fusion duo with pianist Diego Ruiz recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and released in NYC in 2009, and the album was reviewed by Santiago Rodriguez Rey and Alejandro do Carmo as “an invitation to rejoice in sound and surrender to the flow of music” on the Argentine blog Desde el Under (From the Underground). Santiago and Alejandro also interviewed the duo on the radio show “Monkey’s Island.”
Omar is also a solo violinist, playing mainly music by Johann Sebastian Bach. He performed for several Argentinean stars (Dany Martin, Pimpinela Duo, Guillermo Guido) and had acting roles in the film The Dark Camera and the sitcom Los Roldán. For one year he was the conductor of the Buenos Aires jazz big band Los Saxópatas, and he is a music teacher with experience in several of NYC’s public and private schools. Having taught students in guitar since 1997, violin in 2003 with the International Suzuki Method, and jazz ensembles in 2003, he has crystallized his experience in A Comprehensive Course for the Guitar Apprentice, his forthcoming book.
Omar grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, studying with Alejandro Moro and later with renowned guitar player Pino Marrone. Between 2004 and 2007 Omar performed for cruise lines, and while on the job he took a mentorship in sound reinforcement with Jeffrey Gile, former engineer of Jimi Hendrix and The Doobie Brothers among other famous artists. The job also enabled Omar to move to NYC and take the BFA jazz performance program at The City College of New York, where he studied with John Patitucci, was awarded a full scholarship from the Kaye foundation, and graduated with honors, including Summa Cum Laude. During the program, Omar studied classical music on electric guitar with Oren Fader and voice with Neal Harrelson, and he has studied jazz fusion with internationally acclaimed electric guitarist Mike Stern.