THE AMSTERDAM ANDALUSIAN ORCHESTRA
The Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra performed for the first time in 2011, at De Engelenbak in Amsterdam. A group of young Amsterdam musicians playing alongside Arab-Andalusian musicians from Morocco. This was the beginning of an unforgettable journey with leading international artists, through theaters and concert halls in the Netherlands and Morocco.
The Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra 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 the 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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Behind the scenes, a team of dedicated professionals with a background in history, management, music and heritage studies make sure everything runs smoothly on an organisational, productional 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), Anastasios Sarakatsanos (qanun), Raphael Rodan (storytelling).
MUSIC & THEATRE
The Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra organises concerts with a specific theme or with a focus on a particular genre. The AAO’s theatre productions 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 Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra offers a varied talent-development programme for children and teenagers. Amsterdam youths can participate in music lessons, spoken word workshops and jam sessions. From the start, educative programmes have also been organised for the children of the Dar Amsterdam talent centre in Larache, Morocco.