20 2017

La Convivencia The Triangle of Al-Andalus

7:30PM - 9:30PM  

Latino Cultural Center 2600 Live Oak St
Dallas, TX 75204
214 750-1492 (Phone)
214-750-1492 (Fax)

Contact Christina Flores
214 750-1492

$ Cost $ 25.00

From the 711 occupation of the Iberian Peninsula by the Moors until the end of the 14th century, Christian, Muslim and Jewish populations of Spain lived and worked together in relative peace. This cohabitation (in Spanish, Convivencia) was marked by rich intercultural influences that are seen clearly throughout Al-Andalus and will be heard in this concert of music from the three cultures by the April 18 opening of the Keir Collection of Islamic Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, the concert features vocal and instrumental soloists of the Orchestra of New Spain, SMU’s Jamal Mohamed and his “Beledi” Middle Eastern ensemble, and Ian Pomerantz, Boston based specialist in Sephardic song. The Middle Eastern sound of Beledi features Jamal, a world-class percussionist, and the modern evolution of the Medieval genre. Ensemble members play a variety of Arabic instruments including the Nai (flute), Santour (hammered dulcimer) and Oud (Lute). Ian Pomerantz, from a Sephardic family of Romania, is a specialist in the Judeo-Spanish tradition, and a well known practitioner of French baroque music as a bass-baritone. The songs are sung in Ladino, or Judeo-Spanish, the language of the Sephardic Diaspora of the Ottoman Empire. Orchestra soloists sing selections from the Cantigas of Santa Maria with gambas, vielle and percussion. As a modern demonstration of the compatibility of the ‘convivencia’ the entire band will conclude the concert jamming!