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Al-Firdaus Ensemble Concert

  • Grand Ballroom, Marvin Center 800 21st Street Northwest Washington DC, 20052 United States (map)

The Andalusian Classical Band al-Firdaus Ensemble from Granada, Spain will be performing at The George Washington University Marvin Center Ballroom on Sunday November 18th. Bringing with them a 13 century-old tradition of Andalusian Classical music, come hear from where Western Classical music takes its roots! The unique sound of their music is due to a synthesis of different musical styles. These include original compositions of a more Western classical character with influences from both Celtic and Flamenco traditions, and new arrangements of songs drawn from the rich heritage of traditional sufi music from Arabic, Andalusi and Turkish sources.

Also within their repertoire are musical adaptations of poems in aljamiado, old Spanish written by the Moriscos using the Arabic script. In this way Al Firdaus hopes to revive the heritage of the Moriscos whose culture was forbidden in its day and and has only reached us through manuscripts which they left behind on their expulsion in 1609 and that have been discovered over the years hidden in old houses. Experience their namesake, the 7th Heaven, and reverberate with the paradisal soundscape they have played throughout Europe, Bosnia, the U.S., Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey, Lebanon, and Malaysia.