Date: Sun, Nov 04, 2018 06:30PM
Price: From $40; Friends save 10%; students and seniors save 10%
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

Includes same-day Museum admission.

Lose yourself in the mesmerizing melodies of Flamenco Arabia. This Arabic-Andalusian music blends the Spanish sounds of Andalusia with contemporary Arabic music. An enchanting guitar performance containing Arabic rhythms intertwines with flamenco music setting the stage for professional flamenco dancers. As each note is sung in Arabic and English, the brushstrokes of a masterpiece come together as history reunites Arabs with their long-gone past and presence in Andalusia. 


This performance is part of the Canadian Arabic Orchestra’s second annual Festival of Arabic Music and Arts (FAMA).  


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.”



The show is the brainchild of Syrian Flamenco guitarist, teacher and composer Tarek Ghriri, who has performed across the Middle East and Toronto, as well as having taught at schools around the world.


Claudia Aguirre’s training in Spanish dance began with one of Toronto’s flamenco and Spanish dance pioneers, Paula Moreno. She later spent several years training as a flamenco vocalist with Carmen Romero, who continues to be a mentor to this day. More recently, Aguirre has studied with Toronto’s newest flamenca on scene, Maria Serrano, while taking regular trips to Spain to study under master flamenco instructors. Aguirre runs CaluJules with her spouse, Julian Berg, and together they cultivate the flamenco scene in the suburban districts of the GTA and in Kitchener-Waterloo.


Nazih Borish was born in Lattakia, Syria, where, at the age of five, he began studying the oud. By 13, he was playing in pop bands and had created a new style freeing the instrument from its traditional limits. In 2005, he founded the Syrian Oud School in his hometown, which grew to see more than 100 students, many of whom are currently working as musicians and, in 2016, he moved to Montreal, where he is now based.

Gina Tantalo has been a student of flamenco cante/song for more than 10 years beginning with her move to Spain, where she lived with Romany families who took her under their wings, exposing her to Romany life and flamenco in all its colours, nuances, and dynamics.


Ali Massoudi arrived in Canada from Tehran in mid-2016, having a long career training under and performing with a wide variety of masters and projects. He’s performed with the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, Iran’s National Orchestra, and various popular groups across Iran, Europe, Canada, China. and Cuba. He is the author of five educational books for tombak, daf, and udu.


Nour Kaadan is a percussionist and video creator. In 2010, she started her music career in Damascus – Syria, playing classical Middle Eastern and Flamenco rhythms including Rumba, Tangos and Bulerías on her instrument; the Cajon. She has been performing in Lebanon since 2014 and since moving to Toronto in 2017, she has continued to play.
In 2015, Nour began to use her musical skills to help children who suffer from trauma to express themselves through music, rhymes and songs. She also facilitated workshops in Syrian refugee camps, using music as a therapeutic activity to help children in or from war zones to overcome their trauma.
Since moving to Toronto, her new home, she has continued to play the Cajon with Arabic and Spanish music, and she has also facilitated music workshops around Toronto in order to create more awareness with regards to the type of music she is passionate about.



Saturday, November 3, 2018, 3pm


Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 8pm


Friday, November 9, 2018, 8:30pm


Sunday, November 11, 2018, 4pm

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council


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