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Casa Árabe works with the Guadalquivir International Piano Festiva

From September 28, 2023 until September 30, 2023
CORDOBA
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Our institution is taking part in three of the activities held during this event, which is scheduled for September 28, 29 and 30.

In Cordoba from September 21 through October 1, the fourteenth edition of the Guadalquivir International Piano Festival will be taking place under the direction of María Dolores Gaitán. This is a special edition dedicated to Mexico, women and heritage, uniting Cordoba and Mexico City by featuring 30 women performers, composers and artists who will fill five historical spaces with classical music, “son jarocho,” jazz, Japanese and Moorish music, art, passion, sensitivity and excitement.

The Festival will include 11 concerts and 25 special events. Under the title “Encarnadas,” various activities, including guided tours, talks, tastings, interactive workshops and other immersive experiences, will be held to discover the essence, history and future of women, heritage and the piano.

See the activities in which Casa Árabe is participating below.
Casa Árabe works with the Guadalquivir International Piano Festiva
  • Moorish influence in the Afro-Andalusian Caribbean

    Moorish influence in the Afro-Andalusian Caribbean

    September 28, 20236:00 p.m.
    CORDOBA
    Casa Árabe headquarters (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 6:00 p.m. Free entry after registering.
    On Thursday, September 28, as part of the Guadalquivir International Piano Festival, Casa Árabe is hosting this conference by Antonio Manuel at its headquarters in Cordoba, followed by a performance of the Latin American Philharmonic Camerata Quintet. SOLD OUT.
    This talk given by Antonio Manuel will guide us through a very seldom told story about rhythms and cultures which combined dancing and a sharing of cultural wealth. It will tell a tale about the genesis of a music which is sung, storied and danced in the Caribbean, as well as the languages that emerged along with it, bonded by an essence which was able to create today’s universal guaguancós, fandangos, huapangos and peteneras. All instilled with an underappreciated yet resilient memory of the three cultures that Mexican historian Antonio García de León called the “Afro-Andalusian Caribbean.” 

    It is a space of cultural convergence on the three shores discussed, whose vertices lie in Veracruz, Havana, Santiago de Cuba, San Juan de Puerto Rico, Cartagena de Indias, Seville and Cádiz. To these we must add the black slave embarkation points along the African coasts, shamefully erased from our history. During the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the flow of trade between the three shores produced a mixed culture with the languages, music, dances and rhythms contributed by different ethnic groups. Among these influences, the Moorish influence from Al-Andalus which the many migrants and exiles brought with them to the American shores, is often forgotten. Resulting from these human and cultural encounters came the black curros, guajiros and jarochos, creating footprints of sound like the guaguancós, fandangos, huapangos and peteneras, styles in which the resilient shared memory of the three shores dwells, safeguarded above all by women. 

    The musical portion of the event will be given by a Quintet made up of members of the Camerata Filarmónica Latinoamericana. It will be performing the work Huapango, by José Pablo Moncayo, a symphonic poem written by Mexican pianist, percussionist, orchestra conductor, maestro and composer José Pablo Moncayo. It is perhaps the most famous musical work to be produced in twentieth-century Mexico.

    ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS

    Antonio Manuel (Almodóvar del Río, Cordoba. 1968) has a PhD in Law, and is a professor, musician, historian, writer and activist. His many contributions to the field include the legacy of Al-Andalus and cultural admixture in today’s society, and his most notable works are Moriscos-Andalusíes, del Destierro a la Concordia (Moriscos and Andalusíes: From banishment to concord) with photographer Javier Ibarra (published by the Euro-Arab Foundation); La huella morisca: El Al Ándalus que llevamos dentro (Moorish Imprint: The Al-Andalus we carry within, published by Almuzara, sixth ed.) and Flamenco. Arqueología de lo jondo (Flamenco: A “jondo” archeology, published by Almuzara, fifth ed.), a work on flamenco etymology adapted to a television series with the same name for the Canal Sur television network. An extraordinary speaker, Antonio Manuel has taken part in countless conferences around the world, and most notably those given at the World Flamenco Congress and the “Al-Andalus in Mexico” Congress held at the National Museum in Mexico City.

    Camerata Filarmónica Latinoamericana Quintet
    The Camerata Filarmónica Latinoamericana is an ensemble of professional Mexican and Latin American musicians founded in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico in 2016. Since it was first created, it emerged as an intercultural link by promoting, disseminating and interpreting various styles of music among different nations. 

    Its priorities include professional training for young musicians through educational and artistic experiences provided in conjunction with other public and private institutions, such as the Universidad Veracruzana, the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, the Instituto Superior de Música del Estado de Veracruz, Arte para Compartir A.C., and Fundación UV, as well as others. The Camerata’s activities have been held at different venues in Mexico, including the Tlaqná Concert Hall, the Veracruz State Theater, the Cine-Teatro Sección 44 in Tabasco, the Domínguez y Buis Art Gallery, and others.

    The Camerata’s work has stood out for going above and beyond the conventional structure of chamber music concerts, encouraging a new artistic experience while contributing to the formation of new audiences. The Camerata Filarmónica Latinoamericana also seeks to promote young talents from Latin America, helping to strengthen their careers as musicians, composers, conductors and innovative artists.

    The quintet’s members are:
    Fernando Córdoba (first violin) 
    Alejandro Córdoba (second violin) 
    Cedric Robert Hueda (viola) 
    Emilio Huerta (cello) 
    Eliuh Pérez (double bass) 
  • Concert by Maya Youssef in Cordoba

    Concert by Maya Youssef in Cordoba

    September 29, 20237:30 p.m.
    CORDOBA
    Casa Árabe headquarters (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 7:30 p.m. Free entry after registering
    As part of the Guadalquivir International Piano Festival, with which Casa Árabe is currently collaborating, we will be hosting a concert and talk titled “Tarab, or Ecstasy, in Arab Music: Amid emotion and intellect,” given by Maya Youssef.
    Maya Youssef, of Syrian origin, will give us a closer look at her own story, that of the maqam, the melodic system used in traditional Arab music, and the tarab, the emotional moment spurred by that music, bearing a very direct link with the feeling of “duende” in flamenco, and with jazz. In Youssef’s words: “I approach genres that can’t be labeled be share something basic in common: improvisation.” During the event, the artist will intervene between each musical performance to help us discover the process of creativity and the history of Arab music.

    Highly acclaimed as the “Qanun Queen,” Maya Youssef is a qanun performer and composer who has won international awards and acknowledgments. Born in Damascus, Maya came to the UK in 2012 as a result of the war in her home country, under the UK Government’s Tier 1 visa scheme. She has been endorsed by Arts Council England as an “Exceptional Talent.”

    Since then, Maya has gone beyond the boundaries of the qanun (a 78-stringed plucked sitar traditionally played by men), performing at South Bank, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican, Shakespeare’s Globe and the WOMAD Festival. She collaborated with Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz) and made recordings for the documentary “The Beatles & India” at Abbey Road Studios. 

    Her debut album, Syrian Dreams (a prayer for peace), was produced by the renowned Joe Boyd (Nick Drake et al) and released by Harmonia Mundi. The album was given media acclaim and won the German Record Critics’ and Songlines Music Awards.

    Maya was awarded one grant from PRS Women Make Music and another from Arts Council England to record her second album, Finding Home, released on March 25, 2022. The album received five-star reviews from the UK and international press and was nominated for the prestigious German Record Critics’ Award. In September 2022, Finding Home was ranked #1 on the Transglobal World Music Chart; three months later it was considered one of Songlines’ top four albums of 2022.

    In addition to the aspects of composition and performance in her career, Maya is also an accomplished educator, who runs her own online academy for playing the qanun with students from all over the world, thus contributing to a wide range of learning and engagement opportunities through talks, conferences, workshops, and broadcasts. Maya’s compositions, recordings, performances and life story have been extensively referenced. mayayoussef.com.

    Program 
    An Invitation to Daydream 
    Hi-Jazz 
    Bombs Turn Into Roses 
    The Seven Gates of Damascus – an excerpt . 
    Turquoise 
    Samai of Tree 
    Lullaby: A Promise of A Rain 
    Queen of the Night 
    Soul Fever  
  • Concert by María Dolores Gaitán, Maya Youssef and David Ruiz in Cordoba

    Concert by María Dolores Gaitán, Maya Youssef and David Ruiz in Cordoba

    September 30, 20238:30 p.m.
    CORDOBA
    Madinat Al Zahra Archeological Site 8:30 p.m. 25 euros, on sale through the FIPG website
    As part of the Guadalquivir International Piano Festival, we be hosting this piano, qanun and percussion performance on Saturday, September 30. It will be held at the Madinat Al-Zahra Archeological Site.
    During the concert, we will get the chance to enjoy the world premiere of the latest album by María Dolores Gaitán, Alhajas, a work inspired by music of Al-Andalus through a modern lens, in the company of the “Qanun Queen,” Maya Youssef. The incomparable setting of Medina Azahara will serve as the stage for this reinterpretation of past into present, in an imaginary journey through time that will make us feel the force, intelligence, frailty and passion of the woman from the “Shining City.” 

    María Dolores Gaitán and Maya Youssef, two brilliant, young, internationally acclaimed women, have performed with the most prestigious of orchestras from all over the world. Both have a strong interest in modernizing old-fashioned mainstream canons. This is a show of unique exoticism that will show the current classical and locally rooted music scene in an unusual dialogue between past and present through the piano and qanun. Youssef and Gaitán will be accompanied by percussionist David Ruiz. 

    The event includes various works, the most notable of which are: La Nuit du Destin by Dia Succari, which forms part of musical transliterations from the eighth century, inspired by Arab “maqams”; Rapsodia hebrea by Danilo Lorenzini, based on the “synagogue chants” by Maimonides, with the theme Yigdal Elohim (upon which the thirteen principles of the Jewish religion are based), and the poetic, well-known Scheherazade of Korsakov, inspired by the Eastern stories in “The Thousand and One Nights.” 


    ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

    María Dolores Gaitán, a brilliant, multifaceted artist, Gaitán is acknowledged worldwide for her sound, energy and flair on stage, as well as having been selected by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) to be Spain’s representative of musical culture in Italy. She holds a Master’s degree in Piano Performance and Chamber Music from the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan, as well as an Advanced Piano Degree. She is currently studying to earn her degree in Music Education in Cordoba. A founder of the Guadalquivir International Piano Festival and and its director since 2010, she has been nominated as a candidate for the Princess of Girona Awards and has been acknowledged as an artist by the “Spain Brand” (“Marca España”), having won several international competitions. She has published a two-part release of her recording work “Imágenes de España a través de la Danza” (“Images of Spain Through Dance”) for the prestigious magazine Amadeus (Italy) and for the Swiss label Bam Music International. She carries out her concert work as a solo performer in chamber music and with orchestras mostly in Europe and the Americas, playing at theaters and Unesco World Heritage monuments. Her seeking as a researcher has put her at the helm of projects linking the piano with cuisine, fashion, painting and literature, alongside personages of the stature of two-Michelin-star chef Paco Morales, designer Palomo Spain, painter Manuel León and writer Jacobo Bergareche. Further information

    Maya Youssef 
    Acclaimed as being the “Qanun Queen,” Maya Youssef is a qanun (a 78-string plucked sitar traditionally played by men) player and composer who has won prizes and earned acknowledgment worldwide. Born in Damascus, she came to the UK in 2012 as a result of the war in her home country, under the UK Government’s Tier 1 visa scheme, with the backing of Arts Council England as an Exceptional Talent. Since then, Maya has gone beyond the boundaries of the qanun, having performed at the most important events and worked with renowned performers. Her debut album, Syrian Dreams (a prayer for peace), was produced by the well-known Joe Boyd and released by Harmonia Mundi. Maya was awarded one grant from PRS Women Make Music and another from Arts Council England to record her second album, Finding Home, which got released in 2022. In addition to the aspects of composition and performance in her career, Maya is also an accomplished educator, who runs her own online academy for playing the qanun with students from all over the world, thus contributing to a wide range of learning and engagement opportunities through talks, conferences, workshops, and broadcasts. 

    David Ruiz, a percussionist specializing in folk, cultural admixture, music with roots, ancient music and music for theater, he has been active in all kinds of musical ensembles, playing on stages in the five continents for more than 20 years. With a major interest in tone fusions and the creation of soundscapes, David combines techniques using very different percussion instruments to look for the right sound through experimentation and brash mixtures of the most unbridled beats with the most subtle and precise interpretation. At present, he is the percussionist in several projects, including: La Banda Morisca (Andalusian folk), Sirkedzé and Aziz Samsaoui (“Three Cultures” music), Yakamoz (Mediterranean music), Chemón Cortés Quartet (Arab jazz), Modo 130 (Greek and Turkish music), among others, as well as having collaborated with the Sevillian theater company Producciones Imperdibles as a musician for 15 years. David is also a composer, lyricist, arranger and singer, and has been teaching traditional percussion techniques and rhythms in monographic courses, teaching concerts, etc. for more than a decade. 

    Program 
    Claude Debussy 
    Selection preludes 
    La puerta del vino 
    La terrasse des audience du Clair de lune 
    Piano solo 

    Maya Youssef 
    An invitation to daydream 
    Qanun solo 

    Dia Succari 
    La nuit du Destin 
    Piano solo

    Danilo Lorenzini
    Rapsodia hebrea 
    Piano a qanun duo
     
    David del Puerto 
    El mirlo en la Corte de los Omeyas* 
    El mirlo viajero (2nd movement) *
    Homage to Ziryab 
    Piano solo

    Maya Youssef 
    Samai of trees 
    Qanun and percussion 
    Silver lining 
    Piano, qanun and percussion 

    Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov 
    Scheherezade 4th movement 
    “Festival at Baghdad” 
    Piano solo 

    Maya Youssef 
    Soul Fever 
    Piano, qanun and percussion