THE AMSTERDAM ANDALUSIAN ORCHESTRA
The Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra 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
Ahmed El Maai
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).
|03 Nov 2017||Leo Africanus - Amsterdam — Bijlmer Parktheater|
|04 Nov 2017||Leo Africanus - Amsterdam — OBA Centraal (Oosterdok)|
|17 Nov 2017||Leo Africanus - Utrecht — Stadsschouwburg Utrecht|
|20 Nov 2017||Turning East: Abir El Abed - Amsterdam — Het Concertgebouw|
|24 Nov 2017||Leo Africanus - Den Haag — Theater aan het Spui|
|30 Nov 2017||Abir El Abed & Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest - Brussel — BOZAR|
|08 Dec 2017||Leo Africanus - Amsterdam — Amstelkerk|
|19 Jan 2018||Leo Africanus - Rotterdam — Theater Zuidplein|
|26 Jan 2018||Leo Africanus - Amsterdam — Oostblok|
MUSIC & THEATRE
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:
EDUCATION & KNOWLEDGE
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.