Suntologist Raqib Hassan, who is a Sufi Dervish of the Nimatullahi order, plays a flotilla of double-reed instruments from around the world (in addition to tenor saxophone).
He studied music theory and harmony with saxophonist Bill Thomson, further theoretical studies with Archie Shepp and Roland Wiggins.
Raqib worked in New York with bass violinist Hakim Jami and percussionist Rashied Ali.
Raqib had produced the series of Sun Ra memorial concerts here in Boston with his orchestra, the Interdimensional Science Research Orchestra. He is currently producing and has produced his music on his independent label "AUSM Recordings", AUSM standing for African Universal Sun Music.
"I first met Raqib in the Summer of 1979 through bass violinist Hakim Jami, manager of the Ladies Fort, a club, now defunct, originally founded by jazz vocalist Joe Lee Wilson. We performed that year together in Tompkins Square in Greenwich Village with Mr. Jamis band. At Raqibs invitation we reunited in 1990 to perform downstairs at the Middle East Restaurant in Cambridge alongside additional locally based musicians. Raqib is a welcome addition to the ever growing pool of composer/musicians on the planet. I commend his commitment to the spiritual and musical development."
- Rashied Ali
"I have known Mr. Hassan for more than a decade. He studied music performance and theory with me. He is knowledgeable about the styles of all the players from Parker to Albert Ayler. He possesses an approach - a musical philosophy of his own which is both unique and original. I wish him well in his endeavors."
- Archie Shepp