Al Andalus Ensemble: Faces of Love Concert in St. Louis, MO

Peoples Grammy Award Winners (2009), the Al-Andalus Ensemble celebrates love in its many forms and across many traditions standing as a premiere bridge between the worlds' music cultures, bridging East and West and Classical and World music genres.
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Jan. 14, 2013 - PRLog -- Al-Andalus Ensemble

“Faces of Love” Concert Performance, St. Louis, MO


DATE & TIME: March 2, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130

TICKET HOTLINE: 314.721.6556 Tickets  $25.00

CONTACT:   Cecelia or Sharon: 314.721.6556 at Gitana Inc.  Tickets may also be available at the door.

ENSEMBLE CONTACT: Al-Andalus Ensemble: (503) 230-2379,  Email: music (at)




“A delightful proposition of exquisite music”  (El Pais, Madrid, Spain)

Join the international Al Andalus Ensemble for a poignant evening “Faces of Love” on March, 2th 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Union Avenue Christina Church, 733 SE Union Blvd. Portland, 63130.

The Al-Andalus Ensemble "Faces of Love" performance celebrates love in its many forms and across many traditions and stands as a premiere bridge between the worlds' music cultures, bridging East and West as well as Classical and World music genres.

Al Andalus Ensemble founders Tarik & Julia Banzi (oud, ney, darbuka & flamenco guitar) join with multi-lingual vocalist Emily Miles and Razgui Boujemaa (kamanja, ney, voice, darbuka) of the Boston Camerata. Al Andalus was a time when Christians, Jews & Muslims lived in peaceful co-existence (Spain 711-1492). Recent awards include the VOX Pop Award for “Best Contemporary Classical Album of 2010 and the Peoples Grammy Award for “Best World Music Song 2009” (selected from 560,000 entries from 163 countries).

The evening is a timely and emotive musical celebration of “love,” that universal language which overrides cultural and linguistic divisions. Audiences can expect a program with rich and unusual instrumentation (oud, cello, ney, flamenco guitar, darbuka), songs sung in many languages including Ladino (Sephardic Jewish), Arabic, Spanish, stirring renditions of American Spirituals all punctuated to create a “unique and deeply moving concert experience.” The event promises to meld the past with the present in what has been hailed as “a new musical language that unites the East & West” (Aramco World Magazine).

In Judaism, Ahava is the most commonly used term for both interpersonal love and love between God and God's creations, in Islamic Sufi tradition Ishq is divine love and in Christianity Agape is charitable, selfless, altruistic, and unconditional love.

A synergy between two worlds began 1300 years ago with Tarik ibn Ziyad’s crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar in 711. The “Faces of Love: Ahava, Agape, Ishq” performance is a timely and emotive musical tribute to the 1,300 years of interaction between the East and the West.   Acceptance, coexistence and sharing are all focal points for the evening that serves to herald autumn and prepare for the coming winter.

The artists of the Al-Andalus Ensemble build a new artistic language that unifies Eastern & Western cultures and generates a work that is rich, layered and socially conscious, expanding the artistic horizons of both experts and novices alike. Further the advancement of international understanding, goodwill & peace by supporting a group that reflects a place and time where Christians, Jews & Muslims lived together for a cultural flourishing: Al-Andalus.

We would appreciate it greatly if you would please assist us in bringing this unique event to the attention of the public. If you have any questions or require any further information, please contact:

Cecelia Nadal at Gitana Productions: 314.721.6556,

Al Andalus Events:       503-230-2379,  music (at)

Additional Information

The Al-Andalus Ensemble pushes the boundaries of sonority and texture to bring out performances of wonderful commitment. The Al Andalus Ensemble is steeped in tradition, beautifully and soulfully merging classical, jazz and contemporary music with the music from the Middle East, North Africa and Spain. This collaboration yields a vigorous contemporary World-chamber ensemble that skillfully creates new and original music, retaining the essential soul and spirit of Middle Eastern, North African and European influences while fearlessly exploring new territory.

Performing to universal acclaim through a repertoire that embodies a new sonic vision that embraces our global cultural heritage, they are considered Ambassadors of Goodwill. The Al-Andalus Ensemble’s international engagements have taken them to Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Morocco, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and the United States. Whether performing for such notables as Queen Sofia of Spain or Princess Haifa Al-Saud of Saudia Arabia Al-Andalus gives all audiences that royal treatment and create what reviewers have called “a delightful proposition of exquisite music” (El Pais, Madrid, Spain). The Al-Andalus Ensemble pursues a singular artistic vision that reminds us that the intricate interplay of diverse voices are the geography of cultural harmony.

Historically, Al Andalus was a time when Christians, Jews & Muslims lived in peaceful co-existence (Spain 711-1492). The Al-Andalus Ensemble locates its creative impetus in the rebirth of Al-Andalus in todays cultural landscape. Al-Andalus Ensemble founders Moroccan oudist Tarik Banzi and flamenco guitarist Julia Banzi perform with Portland Baroque Orchestra’s cellist Lori Presthus; joining the ensemble from Madrid is Abu Dhabi-born, Basque contemporary flamenco dancer Laura Dubroca and multi-lingual vocalist Emily Miles to create an emotive tapestry of sight and sound. Their most recent album“21 Strings,”with Grammy-winning Charlie Bisharat (violinist for phenoms Alanis Morissette, The Rolling Stones, Jane’s Addiction, Yanni and others the ensemble won the VOX POP Award for the “Best Contemporary Classical Album of 2010” and the JPF “People’s Grammy Award” for “Best World Music Song of 2009” (selected from over 560,000 songs entered from 163 countries in the world’s largest Independent Music Awards).

The concert promises to be a fascinating evening where parallels and contrasts will be drawn between the old and the new. Highlights of the program include contemporary works as well as traditional pieces from Al Andalus, Afghanistan and Iraq. Proud emblems, suspended within sound, each infused with its own poignant expression of nostalgia. The flow of these works, tugs at our heartstrings and inspires affection. The longing for an idealistic time permeates the works and functions as a center of gravity for the program.

Casidas, noubas, cantigas as living, breathing art forms. Al- Andalus’s 'Faces of Love' is the sound of the past and of the future. Here, the Banzi's advance the oldest, continuous tradition of art music, the extraordinary Andalusian heritage. “Faces of Love’s” sonic genealogy draws from a rich array of root sources -- Arabic, Castilian, Jewish, Romany and African to create a refreshing, contemporary, contemplative music that unites the East & West.
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