Arab music meets flamenco in Zafir, Musical Winds from North Africa to Andalucía

Simon Shaheen & Qantara with special guests Nidal Ibourk, Auxi Fernandez and Juan Pérez Rodríguez are set to perform on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Baruch Performing Arts Center’s Mason Hall, 17 Lexington Avenue at 23rd Street, New York City.

Violin and oud master Simon Shaheen, a crucial major figure in the promotion of Arab music, will bring to life the Arab music of Al-Andalus and blend it with the art of flamenco in a program of instrumental and vocal music and dance. Shaheen will be joined by the admirable Moroccan singer Nidal Ibourk, who has collaborated with him on many occasions; the young fiery flamenco dancer Auxi Fernandez who complements the music with her sinuous arm movements and explosive footwork; flamenco vocalist, guitarist and pianist Juan Pérez Rodríguez, from a family of Gypsy musicians; and Shaheen’s much-admired Qantara ensemble.

The program renews a relationship that began more than a thousand years ago; it reveals the commonalities of a music born in cultural centers of Iraq and Syria, blew like the wind (zafir) across the waters of the Mediterranean to Al-Andalus, blended with elements of Spanish music, and was brought back across the sea to North Africa where it flourished in the cities of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.

Information and tickets: www.robertbrowningassociates.com

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. 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.

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