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First international symposium on flamenco and Arab music

From March 05, 2015 until March 07, 2015As of 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 5.
Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9) As of 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 5. Prior registration required.
In order to sign up, you must send an e-mail message to infocordoba@casaarabe.es to provide your personal information and affiliation information. 

Well-known experts will be analyzing the relationships between these musical styles, and how they are transmitted and disseminated today

This symposium was designed to be a forum of reference to study Arab and flamenco music in Spain from a multidisciplinary perspective. The symposium will discuss the features shared by these two musical styles –ranging from their musical structures to their lyrical aspects–, the relationship of the instrumental and vocals with dance –from ritual festivals to transmission models– the tarab and the concept of duende.

With a shared geographic space like Andalusia, and especially the city of Cordoba, along with a common history, how much of this relationship is inherited and how much is shared? Through several presentations and round table discussions, we will attempt to get an overview of the relationship between Arab and flamenco music. Experts of acknowledged prestige will be analyzing the musical and historical relations, the sources, transmission and dissemination occurring in these musical styles today. Similarly, we will be examining how these musical styles coexist at the present time in the music market and what role they play within the World Music scene.

Casa Árabe and the Culture Delegation of the Municipal Government of Cordoba are hosting this gathering of experts in the city of Cordoba, the place where Ziryab founded his first musical school to teach the Arab oud, and the only one where it is currently possible to complete studies in flamenco guitar, at the professional and superior music conservatories.


Day 1 - Thursday, March 5
5:00 p.m.    Opening event:     
Eduardo López Busquets, General Director of Casa Árabe.
Juan Miguel Moreno Calderón, Deputy Mayor responsible for Culture

5:30-7:00 p.m. Opening conference: “Music is read under water” - Mauricio Sotelo, composer

8:00 p.m.: Concert by Orquestra Chekara 
Teatro Góngora – Ticket sales at the box office. 

Day 2 - Friday, March 6
9:00-10:30 a.m. Conference: “The roots of Arab music and flamenco” - Amin Chaachoo, director of the Tetouan-Asmir Center for Musicological Research and the Preservation of Musical Heritage, and Faustino Núñez, a professor of the CSM Cordoba.

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Conference: “Historical ties between flamenco and Arab music” - Reynaldo Fernández Manzano, director of the Musical Documentation Center of Andalusia.

12:00-12:30 p.m.  Break

12:30-2:00 p.m. Conference: “Oral transmission as a system for teaching flamenco and Arab music” - Alicia González, professor of the CSM Cordoba, and Gani Mirzo, a musician.

4:00-5:30 p.m. Round Table Discussion: “The World Music scene: from authenticity to hybridization” - Moderated by: Rubén Gómez, of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. With the participation of: Paloma Povedano, of Almasäla; Yacine Belahcene, of  Oriental Groove and José Cabral, of La Banda Morisca.

5:30-6:00 p.m.  Break

6:00-7:30 p.m. Cinema forum: screening of the documentary: “Tan cerca, tan lejos” (“So Close, So Far”). With the participation of: Pepe Zapata, the documentary’s director; Jalal Chekara, of  Orquestra Chekara, and Francis Cuberos, of Música es Amor. 

Day 3 - Saturday, march 7 
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Communications 

12:00-12:30 p.m.  Break

12:30-2:00 p.m. Conference: “Flamenco and the music of Al-Andalus” - Cristina Cruces, professor of the University of Seville 

2:00 p.m. - Closing

Communications: Deadline for submission: February 23. 

Organized by:
Casa Árabe and the Department of Culture of the Municipal Government of Cordoba

First international symposium on flamenco and Arab music