Fri, Nov 09, 2018 08:30PM
Price: $50, $45 Friends, $37.50 students and seniors Duende Festival Packages: Save 15% if you purchase tickets to three or four performances Save 20% if you purchase tickets to all five performances 50% parking discount available if you purchase tickets to three or more performances
The Aga Khan Museum is pleased to present the world premiere performance of Qudud Flamenco in collaboration with the Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal (FMA). This incredible work fuses flamenco with the traditional qudud of Aleppo – a classical music form that originated in Andalusia – and demonstrates the connections between the two genres.
Experience the work of Spanish artists including guitarist and composer Carlos Piñana and flamenco singer Celia Romero, Syrian singer Abdelkarim Hamdan (Arab Idol), and a group of Montreal-based whirling dervishes and musicians.
Flamenco is an art form built on three Abrahamic faiths and the musical expressions of three continents – at first glance, these traditions and contexts seems disparate and irreconcilable. But flamenco is the ultimate example of what happens when artists look beyond limitations imposed by the outside world. The dance form continues to evolve and is shaped by scenes across the planet, as you will experience during the performances and film screening at our fourth annual Duende: Flamenco Festival: Artists demonstrating what awaits on “the other side of fear.”
Carlos Piñana is a member of a great flamenco family: The grandson of Antonio Piñana, patriarch of the “cantes mineros” and son of the well-known guitarist Antonio Piñana. The young Piñana studied classical guitar at the Music Conservatory of Cartagena and is the recipient of numerous awards including the National “Ramon Montoya” Award at the Cordoba Art Flamenco Festival and First Prize at the Calasparra National Festival of Young Flamencos. He has released seven albums as a soloist including Cal-libiri (1999), Body & Soul (2013), and De la raíz al alma (2015).
Abdul Karim Hamdan hails from Aleppo and shot to fame with his appearance on Arab Idol. He impressed judges, who gave him a rare standing ovation, and grew a huge fanbase with his original lyrics for a traditional folk song, which he rewrote, casting in the role of love interest his embattled hometown. Within three days, he accrued 2 million views of the performance on YouTube, while simultaneously drawing death threats and accusations of treason from both sides of the civil war.
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