Musical Performance: Al-Andalus: Classical & Folk Traditions from Morocco, with Rachid Halihal and Brahim Fribgane

Sat, January 24, 2009 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Tickets: $20/$15 students with valid I.D.
(Doors open at 8:30 pm)

Andalusian classical music (or Arabo-Andalusian music, moussiqua al-âla) is a style of Arabic music found across North Africa, though it evolved out of the music of Andalusia between the 9th and 15th centuries, during the Al-Andalus period. It is now most closely associated with Morocco (al-Âla), though similar traditions are found in Algeria (Gharnâtî, and San'a), Tunisia and Libya (al-Maalûf). The popular musics of chaabi developed themselves as alternative to this classical form of music.


Rachid Halihal (vocal, oud, and violin)

Born and raised in Fez, Morocco, Rachid entered the Conservatory of Music in Fez at the age of fourteen to study Western classical and Andalus music. He learned to sing both styles, as well as to play the oud (Arabic lute) and the violin, which he plays in both the Western classical manner as well as upright, resting on the knee, as is typical for Moroccan folkloric music. The music which he presents is soulful and poetic as well as very danceable. It is often said that not an empty spot can be found on the dance floor wherever he plays.

He has presented his music in Ivory Coast, Sweden, Finland at the Helsinki International Music Festival; Global Groove Festival, Denver and Boulder Theater, Colorado; toured with the Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble playing Moroccan Andalus music with Abdelfattah Bennis including Genesis at the Crossroads Festival in Chicago. Rachid was presented at MOMA, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Columbia University, University of Northern Florida, as well as other ethnic concerts and various Moroccan establishments throughout NYC; in Summer of '05 he played at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for the inaugural King Tut exhibit in the US, and toured the US and Canada with Rachid Taha (Algerian/French) Rai-rock band. Rachid teaches music and rhythm workshops throughout the USA.

Brahime Fribgane (oud and percussion)

Born and raised in Morocco, Brahim Fribgane brings to his music the rich and varied musical styles he grew up with – North African, Gnawa, Berber, Arabic and Andulusian music. His oud style ranges from the clear, "singable" melodies of folkloric Berber songs to beautifully complex and soulful Arabic music, to the fusion of jazz, samba, reggae or Indian music. When Brahim picks up any of the numerous percussion instruments he favors, it's tough to sit still. And his singing voice is straightforward and honest. Brahim sings his songs, and you get the message. A remarkably creative and diverse musician, Brahim's music reflects his openness and appreciation of all cultures and their music.

Last updated: 2009-01-15 16:56:07

Rachid Halihal
Rachid Halihal
Brahim Fribgane
Brahim Fribgane

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