The Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest performed for the first time in 2011, at the Engelenbak in Amsterdam. A group of young Amsterdam musicians playing alongside Arab-Andalusian musicians from Morocco. That was the beginning of an unforgettable journey with leading international artistes, through theatres and concert halls in the Netherlands and Morocco.

The Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest plays three different Arab-Andalusian repertoires: tarab, chaabi andalusi and sufi andalusi. Tarab, or classical, is the rich style of Al Andalus. Chaabi andalusi focuses on musical crossover and folk music that has been influenced by the Arab-Andalusian tradition. Grand masters such as Abdesadaq Chekara (1933-1998) laid the foundations of chaabi andalusi. Sufi andalusi is the mystical, spiritual sound of Arab-Andalusian music. It conveys the musical and vocal improvisations handed down from master to student in zawiyas. In addition to these three repertoires, the Amsterdam Andalusisch Orkest is dedicated to broadening musical understanding, and brings other Andalusian-oriented genres to the stage, such as malhun and flamenco


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Abderahim Semlali
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Jaafar Lougmani
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Behind the scenes, a number of people make sure everything runs smoothly on an organisational, production and conceptual level.

The Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest would very much like to thank a number of renowned artistes who have performed with them over the past few years, and who have shared of their knowledge:

Tony Overwater (double-bass), Stephan Raidl (double-bass), Rafael Domingo (flamenco guitar), Edsart Udo De Haes (flamenco guitar), Orville Breeveld (guitar), Marianne Noordink (nay), Bart Lelivelt (accordion), Abderrahim Semlali (violin), Nabil Akbib (violin), Karima El Fillali (vocals), Samira Dainan (vocals), Haytham Safia (oud) Anastacis Saraktsanos (qanun), Raphael Rodan (storytelling).


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The Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest organises concerts with a specific theme or which focus on a particular genre. The AAO’s theatre presentations focus on the expressive power of the music and culture of Al Andalus, through a combination of stories, performance, and – naturally – music.

These are a few of our most recent projects:


The Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest offers a varied talent-development programme for children and teens. Amsterdam youths can participate in educative music lessons, spoken-word workshops and jam sessions. From the start, educative sessions have also been organised for the children of the Dar Amsterdam talent centre in Larache, Morocco.






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Voorstelling kinderen Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest met Marouane Hajji 27-12-2015

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Spoken Word & Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest met DJ DNA

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Nights of Ziryab Morocco: Amsterdams Andalusisch orkest & Orchestre Temsamani

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Sanaa Marahati & Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest & Ahaddaf Quartet 10 juni 2015 MALHOUN JAZZ

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Andalus Voices: Sanaa Marahati & Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra

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Promo Andalus Voices: Het Amsterdams Andalusich Orkest

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Samira Kadiri, Nabil Akbib & Ahaddaf Quartet & Amsterdams Andalusich Orkest: Andalus Voices


Are you interested in the Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest?  Please contact us for any further information or for bookings.

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