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Al-Andalus

About the Artist

Tarik is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and visual artist from Morocco (North Africa). Julia is a flamenco guitarist and an ethnomusicologist (Ph.D.) specialist in music cultures of the world.

Teaching Philosophy

We believe that when children are raised with respect and curiosity towards other cultures, the world will know more peace. We bring creative connections between science, history, culture art & music.

"Music was superb, historical context was clear, and the lesson of co-existence is so important!" --Teacher, PPS

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Journey from Baghdad to Cordoba Less

This performance by world-renowned professional artists takes students on a musical journey that illustrates cultural harmony. By explaining the influence of Arabic, Persian and North African cultures in Spanish Flamenco and Western classical music, Tarik and Julia Banzi’s Al-Andalus Ensemble offers students an educational and interactive program of music and dance that is uniquely relevant in today’s world. Journey from Bagdad to Córdoba celebrates the religious and cultural tolerance between Christians, Muslims and Jews that flourished in Medieval Spain. Audiences learn about historical Arab culture and contributions to Western civilization, challenging distorted stereotypes. History and cultures come alive through the language of the fan and the magic of a shawl in action! Students are invited to create rhythms with the darbuka drum, do palmas (flamenco clapping), interact with the performers with jaleo (shouts of encouragement) and join in a lively group rumba dance.
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Travel Costs: For sites located more than 15 miles from downtown Portland, an additional mileage fee will be applied and is calculated using the IRS reimbursement rate.

Venue Requirements: Set-up time: 45-60 min. Break-down time: 20 min. Break between performances: 15 min. Artist brings sound system (always) and wood floor (if necessary). Need a small room nearby or curtained area so that dancer can make costume changes during the performance. Also need 3 armless chairs and 1 regular electrical outlet (for sound system to plug into). Please seat students with aisle down the center and around edges.

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Keywords: Africa, bilingual, community, diversity, drumming, geography, multicultural, multi-cultural, Spanish, Middle Eastern, music, dance, drum, movement
Performances
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Single Price: $800
Pair Price: $975
Maximum Audience: 600
Family Arts Night Performance Less
Single Price: $750
Maximum Audience: 600
Making Music and Instruments from Around the World Less

Rooted in the concept that musicians from around the world make and play instruments from things found in their own environments, we begin by making music with the materials found in a typical classroom. This consistently reinforces connections between music, math, science, culture, art and aesthetics. It also serves to significantly augment students aural appreciation for sounds which flood our daily lives, but we are often oblivious to. With these sounds the students will create group compositions and self-made instruments. Each session will be combined with a lecture demonstration of different instruments from around the world as well as instruments we have created from found objects from our extensive collection. These are organized around the Sachs–Hornbostel system of musical instrument classification devised in 1914 and widely used by modern day musicologists. The program culminates in a recording/performance of the students compositions made and played on their own instruments. Please note: Requires a minimum of two classrooms (three sessions each) per residency. Five sessions preferred. Best if residency takes place in one space to avoid moving instrument collection. Residency can be taught in English, Spanish, and French.

Additional Costs: Instrument Exhibit Handling Fee: $25/day.

Travel Costs: Artist may charge for travel costs based on site location outside of the Portland metro area.

Venue Requirements: Needs to schedule at least two classrooms per school visit. Set-up/strike time: 20 min. Break between sessions: 10 minutes.

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503-225-5900
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Keywords: multi-cultural, world music, musical instruments, ethnic, science of sound, making music and musical instruments from around the world, travel, cultures, acoustics, luthier
Residencies
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Cost per session: $112.00
Maximum Audience: 35