Confluence of Instrumentalists Recreates Era of Tolerance

Orchestre Andalou d’Israel [Israeli Andalusian Orchestra]

Ashdod-Yam (Magda, 2006)

The Israeli Andalusian Orchestra specializes in Arab-Andalusian music, the music that was played in Medieval Muslim Spain, in a time of tolerance, and was later spread to several parts of North Africa.

For its latest CD, the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra pays tribute to the coastal city of Ashdod, where the group is based. The result is a rich tapestry of ancient sounds combined with modern elements.

The current format of the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra includes musicians of North African origin who plays percussion, ‘ud, flutes and other instruments, as well as several Russian Jews who play violin.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.