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Music Bridges Cultural Gap: Marine Sniper in Iraq Learns the Oud

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/02/24/Music_and_the_Iraq_War Jason Sagebiel, a Marine scout-sniper during Operation Iraqi Freedom, recounts how he occupied his down time in country by learning to play the oud from a local musician. The two would exchange music lessons using stolen Saddam Hussein letterhead. ----- An evening of interviews, presentations, and performances exploring music's role as an inspiration for combat and as a form of soldier expression. Featuring Jonathan Pieslak, music theorist and composer, author of Sound TargetsThe Rest is Noise; Colby Buzzell, Former Army SPC and best-selling author of My War: Killing Time in Iraq; and Jason Sagebiel, guitarist and composer, and former Marine SGT. - CUNY Composer and Guitarist Jason Sagebiel is an active performer in the New York City area. He has served in an administrative capacity for many musical organizations and is currently Director of the Queens Guitar Society. Jason is authoring The Iraqi Book, a collection of stories, poetry, photos, and essays about his experiences with the Iraqi people while he served as a USMC Scout-Sniper in Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his time in Iraq, Jason studied the ud with Ali-Hussein Jabir and is now collaborating with musicians and poets in Iraq.
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