Andalusian music at unesco
Andalusian music is a style of music that mixes Arabic scales, string instrument sound and other musical elements from Spain. Andalusian music originates from the Muslim Iberia, and can now be found in North Africa in countries such as Morroco, Tunisa, Alegria and Lybia. In Israel this music was first promoted by musicians who originate from these countries and is now a well known source of inspiration for artists who enjoy combining international influences in their music. For SORELO, the connection between the ancient Muslim Iberic regime in Spain and the Spanish rhythms of Flamenco is a constant source for musical experimentation.
Classical Andalusian music is associated with the emirate of Cordoba, in which a musician by the name of Abu l-Hasan ‘Ali Ibn Nafi‘ (789-857) also known as Ziryab, became the court musician in the 9th century. Ziryab is credited with inventing the style, which is now known as classical Andalusian music. The success of Andalusian music and its spreading all across northern Africa and reaching Europe has influenced instruments and musical sound over time. Traces of this musical immigration can be found also in language. For example, the Rebec string instrument is the ancestor of the violin, the words “guitar” and “raker” in English are derived from Arabic words, as is the German word “Geige” for violin.
Andalusian music tradition traveled with Sepharadic Jews after their deportation from Spain, among other destinations, it also reached Morocco. The judeo-andalouse music has become an inseparable part of the Morrocan – Jewish culture, and jews brought it with them from Morroco to modern Israel. On March 2014 SORELO was invited to play with Lior Elmaliach and the Israeli Andalusian band at the Concert Unesco musique andalouse , which took place in Paris, France. SORELO performed a percussion guitar solo, which entails using both the strings of the guitar and its body as a platform for sharp and percussive strikes. This style of guitar plating is long known in Flamenco and Latin American music. At this event, the French minister of education was heard to comment on SORELO’s solo and to describe his playing as beautiful.
“Why was it important for you, to perform at this kind of event?”
“The invitation to play at Unesco is a great honor for me and a unique opportunity to combine musical genres, that I love with the efforts of cultural preservation” – Sorelo said.