Al Andalus Ensemble “Faces of Love: Ahava, Agape, Ishq” Concert
Friday, October 12, 2012 - 7:30pm
Al Andalus Ensemble “Faces of Love: Ahava, Agape, Ishq”  Concert

The Chapel, Reed College, Eliot Hall, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland

TICKET HOTLINE: 1-800-838-3006
$20.00 General | $10.00 Students, Green Card Holders (with ID)
Tickets are also available at the door

The Al-Andalus Ensemble "Faces of Love: Ahava, Agape, Ishq" performance celebrates love in its many forms and across many traditions and stands as a premiere bridge between the worlds' music cultures, bridging East and West as well as Classical and World music genre, including Andalusian and flamenco dance.
The evening is a timely and emotive musical celebration of “love,” that universal language which overrides cultural and linguistic divisions. Audiences can expect a program with rich and unusual instrumentation (oud, cello, ney, flamenco guitar, darbuka), songs sung in many languages including Ladino (Sephardic Jewish), Arabic, Spanish, stirring renditions of American Spirituals all punctuated by classical Andalusian and flamenco dance to create a “unique and deeply moving concert experience.” The event promises to meld the past with the present in what has been hailed as “a new musical language that unites the East & West” (Aramco World Magazine).

In Judaism, Ahava is the most commonly used term for both interpersonal love and love between God and God's creations, in Islamic Sufi tradition Ishq is divine love and in Christianity Agape is charitable, selfless, altruistic, and unconditional love.

Al Andalus Ensemble founders Tarik & Julia Banzi (oud & flamenco guitar) join with multi-lingual vocalist Emily Miles and Lori Presthus (cello) of the Portland Baroque Orchestra, joining the ensemble from Spain is Laura Dubroca (classical Andalusian and flamenco dance). Al Andalus was a time when Christians, Jews & Muslims lived in peaceful co-existence (Spain 711-1492). Recent awards include the VOX Pop Award for “Best Contemporary Classical Album of 2010 and the Peoples Grammy Award for “Best World Music Song 2009” (selected from 560,000 entries from 163 countries).

A synergy between two worlds began 1300 years ago with Tarik ibn Ziyad’s crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar in 711. The “Faces of Love: Ahava, Agape, Ishq” performance is a timely and emotive musical tribute to the 1,300 years of interaction between the East and the West. Acceptance, coexistence and sharing are all focal points for the evening that serves to herald autumn and prepare for the coming winter.

The artists of the Al-Andalus Ensemble build a new artistic language that unifies Eastern & Western cultures and generates a work that is rich, layered and socially conscious, expanding the artistic horizons of both experts and novices alike. Further the advancement of international understanding, goodwill & peace by supporting a group that reflects a place and time where Christians, Jews & Muslims lived together for a cultural flourishing: Al-Andalus

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