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Saturday, April 16, 2016 12:00 AM // Michigan Theater

Zafir:
Musical Winds from
North Africa to Andalucía

Performance
 

Simon Shaheen brings to life the Arab music of Al-Andalus and blends it with the ubiquitous art of flamenco in Zafir, a program of instrumental and vocal music and dance that renews a relationship with music from a thousand years ago.

Zafir explores the commonalities of music born in the cultural centers of Iraq and Syria that blew like the wind (zafir) across the waters of the Mediterranean to Al-Andalus. There it blended with elements of Spanish music and was brought back across the seas to North Africa, where it flourished in the cities of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Zafir features virtuoso composer and musical director Simon Shaheen with his group Qantara, acclaimed singer Nidal Ibourk, flamenco musician Juan Pérez Rodríguez, and the fiery young flamenco dancer Auxi Fernandez, who completes the music with her explosive footwork.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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  • The Issa Foundation, Mohammad Issa

From the UMS Lobby Blog

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Playlist: Music of Andalusia

On April 15, 2016, Simon Shaheen brings to life the Arab music of Al-Andalus and blends it with the ubiquitous art of flamenco in Zafir, a program of instrumental and vocal music...

UMS LOBBY

Zafir: World of the East

Simon Shaheen performs as part of the Zafir program on April 15, 2016 in Ann Arbor. Photo by Patrick Ryan. The language of lyric, the spirituality of song: music embodies how a...

UMS LOBBY

What makes music sacred?

Photo: On left, Apollo’s Fire, who perform Bach’s St. John Passion on March 15, 2016. On right, Simon Shaheen, who performs in Zafir on April 15, 2016. Photos courtesy of the artists....

4/16/16 12:00 AM
Michigan Theater

Zafir:
Musical Winds from
North Africa to Andalucía

Performance

Simon Shaheen brings to life the Arab music of Al-Andalus and blends it with the ubiquitous art of flamenco in Zafir, a program of instrumental and vocal music and dance that renews a relationship with music from a thousand years ago.

Zafir explores the commonalities of music born in the cultural centers of Iraq and Syria that blew like the wind (zafir) across the waters of the Mediterranean to Al-Andalus. There it blended with elements of Spanish music and was brought back across the seas to North Africa, where it flourished in the cities of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Zafir features virtuoso composer and musical director Simon Shaheen with his group Qantara, acclaimed singer Nidal Ibourk, flamenco musician Juan Pérez Rodríguez, and the fiery young flamenco dancer Auxi Fernandez, who completes the music with her explosive footwork.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

SUPPORTING SPONSOR

  • The Issa Foundation, Mohammad Issa

UMS LOBBY

Playlist: Music of Andalusia

On April 15, 2016, Simon Shaheen brings to life the Arab music of Al-Andalus and blends it with the ubiquitous art of flamenco in Zafir, a program of instrumental and vocal music...

UMS LOBBY

Zafir: World of the East

Simon Shaheen performs as part of the Zafir program on April 15, 2016 in Ann Arbor. Photo by Patrick Ryan. The language of lyric, the spirituality of song: music embodies how a...

UMS LOBBY

What makes music sacred?

Photo: On left, Apollo’s Fire, who perform Bach’s St. John Passion on March 15, 2016. On right, Simon Shaheen, who performs in Zafir on April 15, 2016. Photos courtesy of the artists....

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