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The Andalusian Trail: The Roots of Flamenco

Join world musician Ronnie Malley with Las Guitarras de España for an evening of Arabo-Andalusian and Flamenco music. The collaboration explores music from the shared cultural history of the Middle East, North Africa, and Spain.

From Rajasthan to the Middle East to North Africa and across the Mediterranean into Andalusia, musical ideas and instruments were exchanged and have contributed to the foundation of flamenco music. Members of the ensemble Surabhi will present an evening of music featuring the shared cultural history of medieval Andalusia to the present. The performance will include original and traditional repertoire with Spanish guitar, Arabo-Andalusian poetry and music by Ronnie Malley on oud and harmonium, as well as Rajasthani folk dance by Kinnari Vora and flamenco and Mid-Eastern dance by Marisela Tapia.

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... a perfect combination of musicians and storytellers, blending wonderful music with humor and memoir...an excellent and well-received show to the delight of the audience!
— Teresa Hernando Rojo - Instituto Cervantes Chicago
 

Ziryab, The Songbird of Andalusia

– SOLO PLAY WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY RONNIE MALLEY

TAKE AN ENCHANTING MUSICAL JOURNEY FROM 9TH CENTURY ISLAMIC SPAIN TO PRESENT DAY AMERICA. ARABIC MUSIC, POETRY, AND SONGS BREATHE LIFE INTO THE STORY OF ZIRYAB, A FORMER SLAVE FROM BAGHDAD, WHOSE MUSICAL ABILITIES BROUGHT HIM FAME THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST, NORTH AFRICA, AND AL-ANDALUS: A LAND WHERE CHRISTIANS, JEWS, AND MUSLIMS CO-EXISTED FOR CENTURIES CREATING A UNIQUE AND DIVERSE SOCIETY. THE PLAY DESCRIBES THE HISTORY OF ZIRYAB, ISLAM IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST, AND EL OUD – A MIDDLE EASTERN LUTE THAT EVENTUALLY BECAME THE GUITAR. THE STORY ALSO WEAVES PAST AND PRESENT INCLUDING ANECDOTES FROM RONNIE’S OWN LIFE GROWING UP AS A MUSICIAN AND MUSLIM PALESTINIAN-AMERICAN IN THE UNITED STATES. RUNNING TIME: 75 MIN

AVAILABLE FOR: FULL PRODUCTION - STAGED READING - CLASSROOM PRESENTATIONS - MUSIC & THEATER WORKSHOPS - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - K-12 & COLLEGE LEVEL

In 75 minutes this Chicago performer takes us back to the ninth century and deep into our own. Ziryab: The Songbird of Andalusia is a welcome, multi-cultural world premiere from Silk Road Rising. Malley’s labor of love testifies to the power of art to make us at home wherever. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
— Larry Bommer - Stage and Cinema
Malley’s musicianship is superb and his interweaving of his own life with the story of Ziryab’s, as well as his highly-informative discourse on the medieval master’s legacy, make for an enlightening performance.
— Jacob Davis, chicagocritic.com
 

Caravanserai

An Oasis Along The Silk Road - A caravanserai was an ancient motel, giving weary Silk Road travelers a safe place to park their camels, count their furs, and maybe even sip on some wine. Hot food, hand-washing stations, and live music were a must. Luckily for us, sans camels, Chicago has all those things, without having to experience the austere life styles of the vagabonds of yore. So, grab your headdress and gold coins, lace up your leggings, and join us for a night of music and dance that celebrates the weary traveler in all of us! Join Lamajamal and guest performers for "Caravanserai" An Oasis Along The Silk Road. 

 
 
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LAMAJAMAL

Lamajamal's music combines Middle Eastern and Balkan traditions with luscious, dubbed-out production and a rock band's sensibilities. Capable of dreamy, pensive soundscapes or raucous, jovial, party music, Lamajamal can take the listener all over the world, or just to the dance floor. 

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SPECIAL GUESTS

Join Lamajamal and special guests for "Caravanserai" An Oasis Along The Silk Road. Special guest performances with local musicians and dancers.