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Cornell Concert Series presents

Simon Shaheen's Zafir

'ud and violin

Simon Shaheen, a major force in the promotion of Arab music, has enthralled audiences with his mastery of both the 'ud and violin and his brilliant improvisations. Here he brings to life the Arab music of Al-Andalus and blends it with the art of flamenco and jazz influences in a program of instrumental and vocal music and dance. Shaheen will be joined by the exquisite Moroccan singer Nidal Ibourk, who has collaborated with him on many occasions; the young fiery flamenco dancer Auxi Fernandez who complements the music with her sinuous arm movements and explosive footwork; flamenco vocalist/guitarist/pianist Juan Perez Rodriguez, from a family of Gypsy musicians; and Shaheen's acclaimed "Qantara" ensemble. The program renews a relationship that began more than a thousand years ago; it reveals the commonalities of a music born in cultural centers of Iraq and Syria, blew like the wind (zafir) across the waters of the Mediterranean to Al-Andalus, blended with elements of Spanish music, and was brought back across the sea to North Africa where it flourished in the cities of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.


General Public:
$35 (A) Mezz/Balcony Center
$33 (B) Orchestra
$25 (C) Mezz/Balcony Wings
$17 (all sections) Student

CU Employee:
$33 (A) Mezz/Balcony Center
$31 (B) Orchestra
$24 (C) Mezz/Balcony Wings

CU Student:
$15 (all sections) [CU rate ONLINE ONLY with valid netID, limit 2 per person.]

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