Simon Shaheen’s ZAFIR April 2nd

Simon Shaheen is one of the most significant Arab musicians, performers, and composers of his generation. His work incorporates and reflects a legacy of Arabic music, while it forges ahead to new frontiers, embracing many different styles in the process.

Zafir: Musical Winds from North Africa to Andalucía

Shaheen brings to life the Arab music of Al-Andalus and blends it with the ubiquitous art of flamenco in his newest program of instrumental and vocal music and dance. This program does not pretend to recreate the music of a bygone era, but rather to renew a relationship that began more than a thousand years ago. It reveals the commonalities of a music born in cultural centers of Iraq and Syria, blew like the wind (zafir) across the waters of the Mediterranean to Al-Andalus, blended with elements of Spanish music, and was brought back across the sea to North Africa where it flourished in the cities of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.

This group of performers includes a core of musicians steeped in the art of Arab music led by virtuoso performer and composer Simon Shaheen.  They are joined by the internationally acclaimed Tunisian singer Sonia M’Barek; flamenco vocalist/guitarist/pianist Juan Pérez Rodríguez; and Auxi Fernandez, a young, fiery dancer who complements the music with her sinuous arm movements and explosive footwork.


April 02, 2016      7:30 pm
Dorothy Menker Theater
Tickets: $30 General Public
$25 Seniors, Students, Staff

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