16 May 2024/20h00/ Spain / Carmen de los Mártires | Granada

Capella de Ministrers
Carles Magraner, director

Sephardic and Arab-Andalusian songs

Capella de Ministrers unfolds a program that immerses itself in Sephardic and Arab-Andalusian songs, like leaves of an ancient parchment that whisper the very essence of human culture. These songs, more than mere melodies, stand as ritual pillars, transmitted through generations, bearers of beliefs and values that intertwine the earthly with the divine. In the tessitura of their notes, we find the search for a deep connection, a sacred bond that forges identity and belonging in the social fabric. Sephardic and Arab-Andalusian songs, as musical jewels rescued from medieval Spain and the Sephardic Diaspora, enclose the cultural richness of the Jewish and Arab communities that once shared the Iberian Peninsula. Ladino, in Sephardic songs, unfolds its melancholy, weaving the fabric of the Diaspora with echoes of Turkey and Greece. Meanwhile, the Arab-Andalusian songs plunge us into the enchanting era of al-Andalus, interweaving Arab, Jewish and Spanish influences.
These melodies, fervently revived on global stages, stand as cultural bridges that cross traditions, enriching our understanding of the vast human heritage. Each note, each word, tells stories of love, loss and hope, reminding us of the intrinsic beauty of diversity and the miraculous ability of music to bring together scattered hearts. The Ritual program with Sephardic and Arab-Andalusian songs thus becomes a magical journey through history and spirituality, an intimate connection with the cultural and religious roots that once flourished in the Iberian Peninsula, with melodies that act as living witnesses of how music can transcend the barriers of time and space, standing as an ambassador of tolerance and the intrinsic richness of diversity.

Françoise Atlan, voice
Carles Magraner, violas
Aziz Samsaoui, kanun, saz and oud
Kaveh Sarvarian, nay & tombak
Jota Martínez, cítola, zanfona, shofar, lute & percussions

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