Arab-Andalusian Music, Live

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." Experience the orchestra live at Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South) in New York, this Thursday evening, 9/24 at 8PM. Info at

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: or

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

Michael Nyman & Orquesta Andaluzi de Tetouan


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

Virgin Venture CDVE 924
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