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Al-Andalus Ensemble "The Bridge" Concert Performance in Port Townsend, WA
Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Port Townsend, WA
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Al-Andalus Ensemble "The Bridge" Concert Performance in Port Townsend, WA
Explores the theme of what bridges us to one another and what we hold in common across our different religious, cultural backgrounds. The work of the Al Andalus Ensemble stands as a premiere bridge between the worlds' music & dance cultures.

"A delightful proposition of exquisite music" (El Pais, Madrid, Spain)

Join the international Al Andalus Ensemble for a poignant evening of music & dance The Bridge on Thursday, May, 11th 2017  at 7:00 p.m. at Quimper Unitarian Fellowship Hall 2333 San Juan Ave in Port Townsend, WA.

Al Andalus Ensemble founders Tarik & Julia Banzi (oud, ney, darbuka & flamenco guitar) join with Barcelona born Contemporary Flamenco dancer Verónica Medina Cano, multi-lingual vocalist Emily Miles and Classical-Jazz pianist Joe Heinemann.

The Al-Andalus Ensemble "The Bridge" performance explores the theme of what bridges us to one another, as well as what we hold in common across our different religious, cultural backgrounds. The work of the Al Andalus Ensemble stands as a premiere bridge between the worlds' music & dance cultures, bridging East and West as well as Classical, Jazz and World music & dance genres.  What a unique and novel way to celebrate Mothers Day!  

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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 and the Peoples Grammy Award for Best World Music Song selected from 560,000 entries from 163 countries.

The evening is a timely and emotive music and dance celebration exploring our connectedness and exploring and creating bridges which override religious, cultural and linguistic divisions. Audiences can expect a program with rich and unusual instrumentation such as the oud (pre Renaissance lute), ney (arabic reed flute), flamenco guitar (Spain) kamanja (arabic violin) and darbuka (goblet drum), songs sung in many languages including Arabic, Ladino (Sephardic Jewish) and Spanish, stirring renditions of American Spirituals all punctuated by Contemporary Flamenco and classical Arabic dance to create a unique and deeply moving concert experience. Learn the language of the fan and see a shawl in motion.   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).

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. This love guides us in building bridges across cultural gaps. A synergy between two worlds began 1300 years ago with Tarik ibn Ziyads crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar in 711. The Bridges 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 Spring and prepare for the coming Summer.

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.

Discography includes Illumination    Genetic Memories    Alchemy   Vision    21 Strings Andalusian Love Songs.

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: Laura Horn music@andalus.com  310-721-7080 (cell)  www.Andalus.com

TICKETS: $15.00  1-800-838-3006 www.Andalus.BrownPaperTickets.com
VENUE CONTACT: Quimper Unitarian  www.quuf.org/   Phone: (360) 379-0609

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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 and dance with traditions 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 Ensembles 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. Their most recent album21 Strings, with Grammy-winning Charlie Bisharat (violinist for phenoms Alanis Morissette, The Rolling Stones, Janes Addiction, Yanni and others.

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- Andaluss Bridges 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. Bridges 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 eras 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 groups 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 quintet 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 entwined with noble flamenco dance.  The oud (parent of the Renaissance lute), ney (Arabic reed flute) and darbuka (ceramic drum) are entwined with warmly emotional piano and punctuated with flamenco guitar to create a unique, deeply moving music--a development as fruitful as Astor Piazzollas 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, Spain 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 Tetouan, Morocco 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.

Verónica Medina Cano (Contemporary Flamenco Dance) of Barcelona, Spain is an artist whose dance is characterized by injecting bold theatrical flair into traditional flamenco. This highly accomplished Spanish dancer brings flamenco thrillingly up to date. Verónica holds a degree in Spanish & Flamenco Dance from the Conservatory of Barcelona with further training at Amor de Dios studios in Madrid with María Magdalena, Adrián Galia, Cristóbal Reyes, Tomás de Madrid, Rafaela Carrasco, Antonio Canales, Merche Esmeralda, Belén Fernández, David Paniagua & Rafael Amargo. She has danced professionally in the companies of Javier Latorre, Antonio Márquez, Manolo Nuñez and Sabor de Gracia and taught at the Centro Cultural Estrellas Altas and in Amsterdam with FlamencoAmsterdam.

Julia Banzi (Flamenco guitar, viola, Ph.D. Ethnomusicology) is one of a very few female flamenco guitarists worldwide and a pioneer in researching womens Andalusian music. Her work reflects her over twenty years of living, studying and performing in North Africa and Spain , studying flamenco with some of Spains 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.

Joe Heinemann (Classical/Jazz Piano):  Joes Joie de Vivre with piano began at the early age of seven studying classical music. He went on to perform and record with such musical giants such as Steve Miller, Archie Shepp, John Fahey, Charlie Musselwhite, Robert Cray, Eddie Harris, Curtis Salgado, James Ingram and Patti Austin (under the direction of Quincy Jones).  Joes album Straight Ahead won top ten honors in Jazzizz Magazines national contest and his newest albumGratitude  was produced by Will Ackerman of Windham Hill Records 2016.

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.

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Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (View)
2333 San Juan Avenue
Port Townsend, WA 98368
United States

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Categories

Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Music > All Ages
Music > Classical
Music > Global
Music > Jazz
Music > Spiritual
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

Contact

Owner: Al Andalus Events
On BPT Since: Jan 05, 2009
 
Laura Horn
3107217080
banzi@andalus.com
http://www.andalus.com
 

Attendees

Allan Z.
Port Townsend, WA United States
May 11, 2017 12:26 PM
Judith C.
Port Townsend, WA United States
May 11, 2017 12:26 PM
Matt R.
Quilcene, WA United States
May 11, 2017 12:06 PM
Martha P.
Quilcene, WA United States
May 11, 2017 12:06 PM
Frank H.
Port Townsend, WA United States
May 11, 2017 11:28 AM
Catherine B.
Port Townsend, WA United States
May 11, 2017 9:09 AM

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