16th May – 21h30

Nubas and Melodies from Al-Andalus

Iman Kandoussi and guests

Music from the Middle East and the Maghreb has been the Andalusian artists source of inspiration for centuries. Endless melodies, sensual rhythms and improvisation combine in the artistic knowledge that was highly esteemed in the courts of caliphs and sultans. This music achieves its maximum splendor in the refinement of its classic manifestation and the self-assurance showed by its popular side. 

Music from the Islam assumes the inheritance of remote Asian transhumance – the dryness of steppes and deserts that makes the instruments sound sometimes arid, penetrating into the depths of the listener in which it leaves an indelible mark, like the traces left behind in the desert. But at the same time this music maintains another feature that makes it inimitable somehow: it has the refinement of the vaults in palatial rooms and the splendor of ancient civilizations. It also worships sound, covering it with geometric shapes, rough nobility and delicate ornamentation. It designs and spreads a culture of pomp and purity where the intricate passages of the Medina are populated by old Ottoman songs, Andalusian tunes of concluded love or improvised melodies and where the excessive moon on indigo sky retains the melancholic songs and the rhythmic fire turned on by Nomadic people. 

With songs from Ottoman Turkey, Greek or Macedonian folklore, rhythms from Iran and Kurdistan or dances from Maghrebi or Andalusian villages recreated and mixed up with western aesthetic currents, the Andalusian musical itinerary promotes cultural exchange and helps to improve understanding between the peoples through a mutual and spontaneous language, a hodgepodge of instruments from oriental and western environments and a music imbued with the aesthetics of the South. It is an eclectic and luminous sensitivity that evokes the Mediterranean and Middle East sensuality and the dynamism of Western tendencies at the same time.