Lebanese singer Rima Khcheich’s enchanting voice, deeply rooted in the Arabic vocal tradition, Maarten Ornstein’s sonorous bass clarinet and the rich, superlative playing of Baroque musician Mike Fentross merge effortlessly in Muwashahat, a musical journey through the Andalusia of olden times. For this year’s Flamenco Biennial, this trio have put together a program of Spanish music from the late Moorish and early Baroque periods which clearly shows the extensive influence of Moorish music on composers from the post-Reconquista period and, later still, on flamenco.
Both the theorbo and the vihuela have their origins in Arabic instruments and many elements from the flamenco singing style go back to the Moorish period. The Muwashahat, a 12th and 13th century Moorish/Arabic form of singing that is still in use today, gets a new musical look and will be heard alongside music from, among others, Alonso Mudarra, Luys Narvaez and from the Libre Vermell de Montserrat. Are you curious to hear flamenco’s first keynotes? Then join these three top musicians on their journey for an unforgettable musical night.
In the media
- ‘Maarten Ornstein has proved once more to be an exceptional force in the jazz scene, both as a performer and composer’ (Dutch Press)
– ‘Rima Khcheich was the absolute queen of the evening. What a beautiful voice, what moving music’ (De Volkskrant)
– ‘Mike Fentros, conductor and lutist, is one the most interesting exponents of a new generation of Dutch musicians who focus on Baroque music and authentic playing styles’ (NRC Dutch Press)