The result of years of intensive research and training, “Land of Three Faiths” is at once sacred, secular, folk, and classical, embarking on a fascinating exploration of language, spirituality, and cultural exchange. Featuring instruments and musical ideas that blur the lines between Arabic and European, this entertaining and enlightening program is steeped in the rich history of the Abrahamic faiths, achieving a perfect balance of edgy improvisation, exotic vocal styles, and ancient traditions.
Highlighting the Hispano-Arabic Middle Ages as both an important and devastating chapter of Judaic, Christian, and Islamic history, laments of the Sephardic Jews mingle with Arab-Andalusian dances and Spanish court songs, while rhythmic cantigas, Hebrew cantillation, and Gregorian chant meet the mystical world of Sufi poetry.
Features special guest soprano, Nell Snaidas.
“This program wasn’t a performance. It was more like a resurrection. The Rose Ensemble breathes life into stark, ancient manuscripts . . . restores them as new creations.”
—Ames Life & Times
Technical information: Works best in venues with live but not overly reverberant acoustics. Smaller halls allow audience members to see the fascinating array of instruments but this performance also works beautifully in spaces that seat several hundred. Some choose to use ambient amplification with this program, but it is not essential. Introductions of various pieces and instruments as well as commentary from the stage is available.
Equipment needed: 4 chairs, 4 music stands, microphone (for narration)
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