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Omar Haddad is a multi-instrumentalist, guitarist, singer-songwriter, and violinist. Omar is of Arab descent, born in Canada, raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and now lives in New York City. His influences include Jazz, Rock, Pop, Latin, and Classical music, which are represented on his first release with Mi5 Recordings Buenos Aires to New York in a Day including three songs, “Into the Right Now,” “Expelled from Myself,” and “Good Times Bad Friends.”

Working with Jeffrey Gile, former engineer for Jimi Hendrix and The Doobie Brothers, allowed Omar to enroll in the BFA jazz performance program at The City College of New York, where he studied with John Patitucci, under 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.

Omar has toured extensively with The Glory Gospel Singers under the direction of Ms. Phyliss McKoy Joubert, performed Anime-Gospel fusion at the yearly Polymanga Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, and has also performed with several Argentinean stars such as Dany Martin, Pimpinela Duo, and Guillermo Guido.

American artists Omar has worked with include, Klyph Black (member of the Zen Tricksters), Nancy Atlas, Chad Smith-Red Hot Chili Peppers and Mike Stern.

As a string player/guitarist, Omar has recorded, produced and performed with such artists as Elizabeth McGovern, Amma, the Hugging Saint, Bakithi Kumalo. At the yearly Polymanga Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, he has worked side by side with celebrities such as Jack Gleeson, Jennifer Morrison, Billy Zane.  His violin studies include the teachers Julio Graña, acclaimed soloist Rafael Gintoli, and New York Philharmonic violinist Fiona Simon.

Collaborations with the following organizations include Inspiration Plus, a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization based in Sag Harbor, NY that promotes arts, science, and music, the Solar Impressions Juried Exhibition and the International Masters Collection, two simultaneous exhibitions at the Southampton Arts Center showcasing works made on solarplate, a revolutionary method for etching created by Sag Harbor artist and master printmaker Dan Welden. Through UCT International Culture Development, Omar also performs events at the United Nations celebrating achievements toward the U. N. Sustainable Development Goals.

In studio work, Omar has worked extensively at Monk Music Studios with Cynthia Daniels, Grammy-Winning producer and engineer for Paul McCartney, Beyonce, Julie Andrews, Alec Baldwin. Omar’s acting roles include the award-winning film Camera Obscura and the sitcom Los Roldán.