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"Music From Around The World"

The October 10 Tuesday Noon Concert at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Avenue in Norman will feature nine instruments and two musicians. Arabesque, the popular music duet of Miranda Arana and Steve Vanlandingham, will use four flutes (classical, bamboo, clay, and wooden) and five string instruments (bouzouki, mandolin, banjo, guitar,
and oud) to present music from Ireland, the Middle East, and the Americas as well as original music that combines traditional and modern elements. Arana teaches world music in the OU School of Music. Vanlandingham is an archeologist and versatile string musician. - University of Oklahoma

"World music duo to perform"

NORMAN World music duo Arabesque will perform at noon Friday on the lawn of the Norman Depot, 200 S Jones Ave. The concert is part of the Performing Arts Studio's Lunchtime Concert Series. Complimentary lunch provided by Coach's, the Performing Arts Studio and Hiland Dairy will be served beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Miranda Arana and Steve Vanlandingham have been teamed since 2003, performing a blend of Celtic, Arabic, Judeo-Spanish, Turkish and other world folk traditions. They have performed across Oklahoma as members of the Oklahoma Arts Council Touring Artist Program.

Arana teaches world music at the University of Oklahoma and has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space and the Smithsonian Institute with Vietnamese, Latin American, Tibetan and other folkloric ensembles. She plays flute, whistle, Vietnamese zither and spoons.

Vanlandingham does archaeological survey work. Active in the Norman music scene for many years, he is an award-winning banjo player. He also plays guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, oud, limberjack and wooden slit drum.

Lunchtime Concerts are sponsored by the Norman Dowtowners Association and produced by the Performing Arts Studio. For more information, call 307-9320 or go to -

"April- Festivities Continue near Whitehouse, TX"

Throughout April, each weekend from 10 till 7pm, the Four Winds Renaissance Faire is host to an amazing assortment of Entertainment this year. The ParaCelt Duo are performing Harp with supreme mastery of period musics. Oklahoma based, Arabesque who offer a unique blend of orient and occidental musics, most enchanting. - Byron T Bear

"Presenter's Quote"

“Both are extremely talented musicians. The music they produce is lyrical and skillfully played.”

Nancy McClellan, Performing Arts Studio Director
Norman, Oklahoma

- Norman Transcript

"CD Review"

“We opened and played your CD and the skies parted and the sun shone. It is wonderful. Kudos on a beautifully constructed CD. “

- Laurie Kuntz, Poet and English Professor

"Arabesque Wows Winter Institute"

Thank you so much for the beautiful music enjoyed by all at the Winter Institute. I hope the applause of the audience when we recognized your talent is still ringing in your ears and affirms how much your gifts were appreciated! Thanks for your professionalism and shared talents!”

Randy Averso, Associate Director
K20 Center for Educational & Community Renewal
University of Oklahoma

- Randy Averso

"CD Review"

“Just want to tell you that I listened to your CD - about a half dozen times! - it's one of the loveliest CD's I've heard in a while. The selection/variety are great - every track is beautiful. Thanks for such a treat!”

Carol Barry, Oklahoma City Celtic Country Dancers Association

- Carol Barry

"Celtic and Beyond"

I got a very good response from the cuts I played from "Glen Road to Cordoba" so I will surely be playing more in the future. Thanks again for your support and keep me posted on any new projects you might have coming up.


Kelly Clement
KTAO 101.9 FM
Taos, New Mexico USA

- Kelly Clement

"CD Review"

I'm amazed that combining such diverse forms would conclude in such a finish as what you all have produced! It is very surreal, very evocative; and it fits together so perfectly! I could never have imagined the sound! It is work that needs to be heard, shared! Flows like water, only sweeter sounding and tasting; the longing, delightful after taste is maddening! One only wants more...and more is provided as you listen on!

A remarkable production! I'm so glad I ordered it!
Thank you!
Sher Rushing
- Sher Rushing


Glen Road to Cordoba (2005)

A Turk in Galway (2011)



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.


*Members of the Oklahoma Arts Council Touring Artist

*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.