Al-Andalus Ensemble

Al-Andalus Ensemble

 Portland, Oregon, USA

International, Opulent, Timeless, Intense, Profound, the Al-Andalus Ensemble creates intriguing Jazz World Chamber Music merging bold innovation with traditions of the Middle East, Spain, North Africa, USA. Festival Ensemble is an explosive danceable formation around-the-world musical adventure.

Al-Andalus Ensemble @ Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

  Thu 5/11/2017 @ 7:00 PM     Port Townsend, Washington

Al Andalus Ensemble: The Bridge

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. 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! 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. 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 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).
Doors open:
6:30 PM

Venue Info

Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend, Washington, USA
Tel: (360) 379-0609