#2983: Arab-Andalusian Music, Live

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The Orchestra of Tetouan, Morocco, performs classical Arab-Andalusian music live in our studio.  The north Moroccan port city of Tetouan, just a few dozen miles by sea from the southern tip of Spain, became a refuge for Sephardic Jews and Muslims escaping the demise of the culturally rich Al-Andalus and the fall of Granada (the last Muslim city in Spain), in 1492.  The music comes from centuries before that – as far back as the 9th Century - and can be traced to an Afro-Arab musician and poet, Ziryâb, a descendant of Persian slaves of African heritage.

The Orchestra of Tetouan is still versed in the form of Andalusian classical music, the nawbat, a vocal and instrumental suite, which also incorporates European classical string instruments, like violin and viola.  All members of the ensemble sing the centuries-old breathtaking love poetry with its complex beats and fluid melodies.  Here's an excerpt of the text in translation- "Your absence has increased my yearning and sleep has deserted my eyes.  My character is still tender, until love makes it mortal."

PROGRAM #2983, Orchestra of Tetouan, Live (First aired on Tues. 9-22-09)





Rabbi Haim Louk & Arab-Andalusian Orchestra of Fez

Live, Fes Festival, Morocco, 6-28-00

Ya Moulana, excerpt

Not commercially available. Check with Hatikvah Music in LA for recordings of Rabbi Louk: klezcorner@aol.com or www.hatikvahmusic.com

Orchestra of Tetouan

Live, WNYC

Nawbat al-Istihlal, excerpt [15:00]
Taksim Istihlal (qanun)[3:00]
Taksim Hijaz (oud)[2:30]
Taksim Hijaz (violin) [1:30]
Nawbat Hijaz al-Kabir [7:20]

This performance not commercially available. More about the Orchestra of Tetouan at www.menamusic.org

Michael Nyman & Orquesta Andaluzi de Tetouan


The Upside-Down Violin, excerpt [12:00]

Virgin Venture CDVE 924
Download from Amazon.com* Info at www.michaelnyman.com