Arabesque

Arabesque

BandWorldCeltic

Arabesque plays a blend of music from East and West, including Celtic, European, Middle-Eastern, American Folk and original tunes. Come take a magic carpet ride around the globe with Arabesque as this unique duo unveils the mysteries and enchantment of the world's diverse musical cultures.

Biography

Arabesque is a musical duo that has been mesmerizing audiences since 2003 with their unique blend of Celtic, Arabic, Judeo-Spanish, Turkish, and other world folk traditions. Any given song can be a vehicle to take the musicians and the listeners to new places, creating spontaneous and heartfelt expressions through the blending of musical forms, ornaments, and styles. Their performances are an intelligent mix of instrumental music, storytelling, history, humor and hands-on fun. Both hail from Norman, Oklahoma, where Miranda teaches World Music at the University of Oklahoma and Steve does archaeological survey work. They have performed at fairs, festivals, contra dances, workshops, schools, universities, and private functions throughout Oklahoma and neighboring states. Come take a magic carpet ride around the globe with Arabesque as this unique pair unveils the mysteries and enchantments of the world's diverse musical cultures, marrying lilting Irish reels and jigs to the sensuous and evocative melodies of the East.

Acknowledgments:

*Members of the Oklahoma Arts Council Touring Artist
Program

*Selected to perform at the 2007 -2009 North
Texas Irish Festival in Dallas.

*Steve Vanlandingham is an award-winning banjo
player in the "clawhammer" style. (Mountain View,
Arkansas 1980) and was an instructor at the 2007
O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat.

*Miranda Arana has performed at Lincoln Center,
Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and the Smithsonian
Institute with Vietnamese, Latin American, Tibetan
and other folkloric ensembles.

Discography

Glen Road to Cordoba (2005)

A Turk in Galway (2011)

Set List

Arabesque draws it's repertoire from many different traditions:

Celtic Repertoire includes stirring reels, jigs and polkas like "The Morning Dew" and "The Kesh jig" as well as lovely airs and waltzes like "O'Carolan's Welcome" and "Inisheer" and many more.

Middle-Eastern Repertoire features well-known forms such as "Dulab Hijaz" and "Quando" along with folk melodies like "Reyhan" and "Black Sea Dance."

Old-Time mountain banjo tunes like "Shady Grove" and "Arkansas Traveler" are also featured.

Original tunes like the lilting air "Sailing to Nantucket" and the desert-flavored "Shifting Sands" are some of Arabesque's most popular numbers.

Songs like "Glen Road to Cordoba" and "Jessica's Asian Polka" blend two different traditions together.

Sing-alongs like "Tae the Beggin'" and "Green Grow the Rushes" round out the set and give folks a chance to join in.

Much of the music Arabesque plays is dance music, so
where time and space permit, Miranda will bring members o