Saed is a performer of traditional and modern Arabic art music, Turkish music, Arab folk music, and free improvisation. In his solo work the traditional Arabic roots as well as the influences of other traditions can clearly be heard.
In addition to giving solo performances, Saed currently directs and performs with the Arab Orchestra of San Francisco and the Saed Muhssin trio.
Saed gives regular lecture demos and master classes. In addition, he teaches oud, Arabic music theory and ear training privately, and teaches Arabic music classes and workshops.
His teaching of Arabic music theory and ear training is based on a pedagogy that Saed researched and developed and is influenced by a variety of successful approaches such as Arabic, Hindustani, classical western and jazz. The emphasis of this approach is on guiding the student through the successful discovery of relationships within the tone sets in a maqam, and between those of different maqams. Current classes and workshops..
2005-2007 Mills College, MFA in Free Improvisation
2004-2005 Nagel Scholar of composition at San Francisco State university
2002-2004 Nagel Scholar of jazz and world music at San Francisco State university
2000-2001 Ali Akbar College of Hindustani Music
Simon Shaheen, oud
Necati Çelik, oud
Ali Akbar Khansahib, Hindustani music
Prof. Hafez Modirzadeh, jazz
Prof. Ronald Caltabiano, composition
Fred Frith, free improvisation