Composer, Vocalist, Music Director and Producer Tariq Al-Sabir has been described as a "boundless talent” by Baltimore’s City Hall and The Examiner deemed him "a rising musical mastermind". A performer and writer with a command over many styles including classical, gospel, jazz, pop and musical theater, his early passion for music was supported by The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University with a full scholarship for composition lessons that started while he was in middle school and maintained through his high schooling at the Baltimore School for the Arts. In 2006, Tariq was featured as a lead vocalist on the season 4 theme song for HBO's "The Wire".
Now an esteemed alumnus of Peabody, Tariq is frequently engaged as a performer and composer in NYC where he is now based. His experience ranges from jingle writing, film scoring, and music production, to premiering a role in the world premier of the Smithsonian Commissioned operetta “Qadar”and premiering the role of George Stinney Sr. in the social justice opera, “Stinney”. His abilities remain unrestricted while he displays expertise at each performance. He was interviewed and featured on Al Jazeera for for his innovative work that creatively and seamlessly challenges genre separation. In 2016, Tariq was invited to be a performer and speaker at TEDxMidatlantic, focusing on his experiences and projects with music, justice, and music education for children of color.
In 2017, he premiered commissioned works and performed at at The Lincoln Center, National Sawdust, and Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. He collaborated with Kambui Olujimi and the Lone Wolf Recital Corps at MoMA in short film and live performance for the exhibition Projects 107: Lone Wolf Recital Corps. He nationally and internationally premiered the roles of Richard Moss and Travis Douglass in Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, an opera by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon.
In 2018 Tariq was selected to be an member of the inaugural SUITE/Space Artist residency with the legendary Mabou Mines Theater Company, where he conceived and presented a workshop version of his theatrical-multimedia song cycle #UNWANTED in their new theater at Performance Space 122.
Al-Sabir most recently served as music director for the Off-Broadway run of Jomama Jones’ Black Light at the Greenwich House theater, after the show’s successful run at the Public Theater in March. Al-Sabir’s multimedia song cycle #UNWANTED, conceived in 2018 at Mabou Mines, premiered to the world at THE SHED in NYC among the inaugural Open Call commissions. In Summer of 2019 Al-Sabir made his LA Philharmonic debut in the cast of Meredith Monk’s, Atlas under the direction of Yuval Sharon.
Tariq’s awards include the 2006 Centerstage Young Playwrights Award for his musical, “Another Man's Treasure", 2008 NIYC Gospelfest Awards, 2009 BSO "Oh Say Can you Sing" prize, 2011 NFAA YoungArts Finalist prize in both Classical and Popular voice and he is a 2015 recipient of the George Castelle Memorial Award in Voice.
He has been featured as soloist with Hilary Hahn's Tsunami Relief Concert, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, D.C. Jazz Festival, Anacostia Jazz Festival, and the Kennedy Center's Conservatory Project. He has shared stages and worked with artists such as Billy Ocean, Toshi Reagon, Meshell Ndegeocello, Andy Williams, Gladys Knight, Hilary Hahn, Sandi Patti, Rance Allen, and Maurette Brown Clark. www.tariqalsabir.com