Experience the Exotic Sounds of Morocco

The exotic sounds of Arab-Andalusian and Sephardic music of Morocco will be performed in Jamestown as part of The Arts Center’s involvement in the Caravanserai program. Not just any musicians, but world-renowned performers in the genre.

As part of a week-long residency that places the artists in Jamestown’s schools the Orchestra of Fes with vocalist Francoise Atlan will present a public performance at the Reiland Fine Arts Center, Jamestown College on April 27th at 7:30 pm. Tickets will be available at the door. Tickets are Adults $10, members $8 and Kids free.

This is a special collaboration of acclaimed Jewish songstress Françoise Atlan with the Orchestra of Fes for the spring 2013 Caravanserai music residency tours. Françoise Atlan is considered one of the world’s finest vocal interpreters of Sephardic music. After studying piano and chamber music at some of the world’s finest musical conservatories in Saint-Etienne and Aix-en-Provence, France, Françoise Atlan refined her naturally lyrical singing voice under the tutelage of Andréa Guiot at the Paris Opera School.

A respected musicologist and song interpreter, Atlan teaches at conservatories in Switzerland, France, and Morocco. She is the artistic director of the annual Essaouira Andalousies Atlantiques Festival, which celebrates the spirit and the culture of the Andalus. Atlan has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City as well as many of the greatest stages in the world with a diverse range of artists including flamenco guitarist Juan Carmona and the Chemiranis Brothers. Francoise Atlan has devoted much of her career to exploring the Arab-Andalusian repertoire of the Fes tradition alongside Mohamed Briouel. Together with the Orchestra of Fes, they recorded a collection of Arab-Andalusian and Sephardic songs called Nawba M’Cherqi.

Here is a preview of what you can expect to hear:

Caravanserai: A place where cultures meet is a groundbreaking artistic and cultural exchange program meant to showcase the diversity of contemporary Islamic societies through their art and enhance mutual understanding between our cultures. The Arts Center in downtown Jamestown is one of four sites in the United States given the honor of hosting these outstanding musicians.

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