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AL-ANDALUS ENSEMBLE: Faces of Love: Ahava, Agape, Ishq
The Chapel Eliot Hall at Reed College
Portland, OR
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Friday Oct 12, 2012 7:30 PM - Saturday Oct 13, 2012 7:30 PM | $10.00 - $20.00







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AL-ANDALUS ENSEMBLE: Faces of Love: Ahava, Agape, Ishq
AL-ANDALUS ENSEMBLE   "Faces of Love: Ahava, Agape, Ishq"  Concert performance

Ahava, Agape, Ishq!

We hope that you can join with us tocelebrate love in its many forms and across many cultures. The evening promises to be a memorable happening made all the richer by your presence!

The work of the Al-Andalus Ensemble stands as a premiere bridge between the worlds' music cultures, bridging East and West as well as Classical and World music genres. This performance further includes Andalusian & flamenco dance.

VOX POP Award for the "Best Contemporary Classical Album of 2010"
JPF "People's Grammy Award" for "Best World Music Song of 2009"

The evening is a timely and emotive musical celebration of "love," that universal language which overrides cultural and linguistic divisions. Audiences can expect a program with rich and unusual instrumentation (oud, cello, ney, flamenco guitar, darbuka), songs sung in many languages including Ladino (Sephardic Jewish), Arabic, Spanish, stirring renditions of American Spirituals all punctuated by classical Andalusian and flamenco dance to create a "unique and deeply moving concert experience." The event promises to meld the past with the present in what has been hailed as "a new musical language that unites the East & West" (Aramco World Magazine).

"Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river,
each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged" RUMI

In Judaism, Ahava is the most commonly used term for both interpersonal love and love between God and God's creations, in Islamic Sufi tradition Ishq is divine love and in Christianity Agape is charitable, selfless, altruistic, and unconditional love.

We are so very, very grateful to our cosponsors:
Reed College Department of Music,World Affairs Council of Oregon
Portland State University's Middle East Studies Center
THANK YOU!

"This is how I would die into the love I have for you:
As pieces of cloud dissolve in sunlight." Rumi

P.S. We would be so very, very grateful if you would forward this message onto your family and friends! Merci infiniment! THANK YOU!

Additional Information

Al Andalus Ensemble founders Tarik & Julia Banzi (oud & flamenco guitar) join with multi-lingual vocalist Emily Miles and Lori Presthus (cello) of the Portland Baroque Orchestra, joining the ensemble from Spain is Laura Dubroca (classical Andalusian and flamenco dance).  Al Andalus was a time when Christians, Jews & Muslims lived in peaceful co-existence (Spain 711-1492). Recent awards include the VOX Pop Award for "Best Contemporary Classical Album of 2010 and the Peoples Grammy Award for "Best World Music Song 2009" (selected from 560,000 entries from 163 countries).

A synergy between two worlds began 1300 years ago with Tarik ibn Ziyad's crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar in 711.  The "Faces of Love: Ahava, Agape, Ishq" performance is a timely and emotive musical tribute to the 1,300 years of interaction between the East and the West.   Acceptance, coexistence and sharing are all focal points for the evening that serves to herald autumn and prepare for the coming winter.

The artists of the Al-Andalus Ensemble build a new artistic language that unifies Eastern & Western cultures and generates a work that is rich, layered and socially conscious, expanding the artistic horizons of both experts and novices alike.  Further the advancement of international understanding, goodwill & peace by supporting a group that reflects a place and time where Christians, Jews & Muslims lived together for a cultural flourishing: Al-Andalus.  

We would appreciate it greatly if you would please assist us in bringing this unique event to the attention of the public.  If you have any questions or require any further information, please contact:
Al Andalus Events:    www.Andalus.com        503-230-2379.
Advance Tickets: 1-800-838-3006     http://andalus.BrownPaperTickets.com

The Al-Andalus Ensemble pushes the boundaries of sonority and texture to bring out performances of wonderful commitment.  The Al Andalus Ensemble is steeped in tradition, beautifully and soulfully merging classical, jazz and contemporary music with the music from the Middle East, North Africa and Spain.  This collaboration yields a vigorous contemporary World-chamber ensemble that skillfully creates new and original music, retaining the essential soul and spirit of Middle Eastern, North African and European influences while fearlessly exploring new territory.

Performing to universal acclaim through a repertoire that embodies a new sonic vision that embraces our global cultural heritage, they are considered Ambassadors of Goodwill.  The Al-Andalus Ensemble's international engagements have taken them to Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Morocco, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and the United States. Whether performing for such notables as Queen Sofia of Spain or Princess Haifa Al-Saud of Saudia Arabia Al-Andalus gives all audiences that royal treatment and create what reviewers have called "a delightful proposition of exquisite music" (El Pais, Madrid, Spain).  The Al-Andalus Ensemble pursues a singular artistic vision that reminds us that the intricate interplay of diverse voices are the geography of cultural harmony.

Historically, Al Andalus was a time when Christians, Jews & Muslims lived in peaceful co-existence (Spain 711-1492).  The Al-Andalus Ensemble locates its creative impetus in the rebirth of Al-Andalus in todays cultural landscape. Al-Andalus Ensemble founders Moroccan oudist Tarik Banzi and flamenco guitarist Julia Banzi perform with Portland Baroque Orchestra's cellist Lori Presthus; joining the ensemble from Madrid is Abu Dhabi-born, Basque contemporary flamenco dancer Laura Dubroca and multi-lingual vocalist Emily Miles to create an emotive tapestry of sight and sound. Their most recent album"21 Strings,"with Grammy-winning Charlie Bisharat (violinist for phenoms Alanis Morissette, The Rolling Stones, Jane's Addiction, Yanni and others the ensemble won the VOX POP Award for the "Best Contemporary Classical Album of 2010" and the JPF "People's Grammy Award" for "Best World Music Song of 2009" (selected from over 560,000 songs entered from 163 countries in the world's largest Independent Music Awards).

The concert promises to be a fascinating evening where parallels and contrasts will be drawn between the old and the new.  Highlights of the program include contemporary works as well as traditional pieces from Al Andalus, Afghanistan and Iraq.  Proud emblems, suspended within sound, each infused with its own poignant expression of nostalgia. The flow of these works, tugs at our heartstrings and inspires affection. The longing for an idealistic time permeates the works and functions as a center of gravity for the program.

Casidas, noubas, cantigas as living, breathing art forms. Al- Andalus's 'Faces of Love' is the sound of the past and of the future. Here, the Banzi's advance the oldest, continuous tradition of art music, the extraordinary Andalusian heritage. "Faces of Love's" sonic genealogy draws from a rich array of root sources -- Arabic, Castilian, Jewish, Romany and African to create a refreshing, contemporary, contemplative music that unites the East & West.

The Al Andalus Ensemble takes its name from medieval southern Spain, during a time when Jews, Muslims and Christians lived together in peace and cooperatively made great advances in the arts and sciences. The name "Al Andalus" was given to this time of cultural tolerance and innovation in Spain, and the Al Andalus Ensemble embodies Al Andalus era's values in its composition and performance, celebrating international understanding, goodwill and peace through passionate music and dance presentations.

The Al Andalus Ensemble presents an intricately woven tapestry of sound and sight: audiences enjoy music and dance from around the world performed from a contemporary Andalusian perspective. The ensemble is internationally known for its innovative synergy of Middle Eastern, North African, European and American traditions, which it represents through world, jazz, flamenco and classical music. The group's spectrum of work includes original Nuevo-Andalusian and jazz pieces to stirring renditions of American spirituals to thrilling, improvised percussion solos played on traditional clay drums, and much more.

This trio of twenty-one strings pushes the boundaries of sonority and of texture to bring out performances of wonderful commitment. Audiences can expect a program with rich and unusual instrumentation. The oud (parent of the Renaissance lute), ney (Arabic reed flute) and darbuka (ceramic drum) are entwined with the warmly emotional cello and punctuated with flamenco guitar to create a "unique, deeply moving music--a development as fruitful as Astor Piazzolla's when he shocked the Argentinean establishment with his "Nuevo Tango" (Ted Gioia critic, author of "History of Jazz"). The concert promises to be a fascinating evening where parallels and contrasts will be drawn between the old and the new.  Highlights of the program include contemporary works as well as traditional pieces from Al Andalus, Afghanistan and Iraq and the United States.  Proud emblems, suspended within sound, each infused with its own poignant expression of nostalgia. The flow of these works, tugs at our heartstrings and inspires affection. The longing for an idealistic time permeates the works and functions as a center of gravity for the program.

Tarik Banzi (Oud, percussion, composer) "a superbly gifted player" (All Music Guide) is from one of the founding families of Tetuan and traces his roots back to medieval Al Andalus, Spain. A preserver and innovator of Andalusian music, Tarik has collaborated with Flamenco, jazz and contemporary masters such as Paco de Lucia, Manolo Sanlucar and Enrique Morente. He introduced the darbuka and udu drums to modern flamenco music; they are now cornerstones of the movement.

Julia Banzi (Guitarist, Ph.D. Ethnomusicology) is one of a very few female flamenco guitarists worldwide and a pioneer in researching women's Andalusian music.  Her work reflects her over twenty years of living, studying and performing in North Africa and Spain , studying flamenco with some of Spain's finest guitarists such as Manolo Sanlucar and Isidro Munoz.  Julia holds a Doctorate degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar who teaches at Reed College and Lewis & Clark College.

Laura Dubroca (modern Andalusian and Flamenco dance) was born in Abu Dhabi to Basque parents. She has lived in Venezuela, Qatar, Indonesia, Spain and France, absorbing cultural influences from each of the countries she has called home. She has studied flamenco dance with industry greats and currently lives in Madrid, Spain.

Emily Miles (Voice) is a multi-lingual vocalist with roots in American gospel, folk rock and jazz. David Stabler of the Oregonian describes her voice as full of "duende." With Al Andalus, Emily sings a wide range of music, from medieval Ladino and Arabic love songs to American spirituals and Garcia Lorca poetry.

Lori Presthus (Cello) Lori Presthus performs classical and contemporary cello extensively in the Pacific Northwest, playing in many venues including opera, ballet, musical theater and numerous chamber groups. She is a long time member of the Portland Baroque Orchestra and the East-West Continuo. Her cello performances have taken her from the Danube Music Festival in Austria to the Anchorage Music Festival in Alaska.  

Al Andalus Ensemble for a poignant evening "Faces of Love: Ahava, Agape, Ishq" on October 12th and October 13th 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in The Chapel in Eliot Hall at Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. Portland, 97202.    
Advance Tickets: 1-800-838-3006   http://andalus.BrownPaperTickets.com  
Al Andalus Ensemble  www.Andalus.com, 503-230-2379.

Location

The Chapel Eliot Hall at Reed College (View)
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
United States


Categories

Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Music > All Ages
Music > Classical
Music > Folk
Music > Global
Music > Gospel
Music > Jazz
Music > Other
Music > Singer/Songwriter
Music > Spiritual
Music > World
Other > Charity
Other > Fundraisers
Other > Spiritual

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

Contact

Owner: Al Andalus Events
On BPT Since: Jan 05, 2009
 
Laura Horn
503-230-2379
music@andalus.com
http://www.Andalus.com
 


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