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. Over the course of two evenings, Las Guitarras de Espana will present an ensemble of international guest artists celebrating music from the shared cultural history of medieval Andalusia to the present. The performances will feature 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. This special program will include music from the ensemble Surabhi featuring Sara Ranganathan (veena), Carlo Basile (guitar), Dhananjay Kunte (tabla), Diego Alonso (guitar), Greg Nergaard, (bass), and Bob Garrett (percussion).
The Friday evening performance will feature traditional and original music and dance with Indian roots in flamenco music. The Saturday evening performance will feature traditional and original music and dance with Arabic roots in flamenco music.
The two performances (‘The Andalusian Trail Part 1: Jaipur to Granada’ on Friday October 21st, 2016 at 7:30PM and ‘The Andalusian Trail Part 2: Baghdad to Cordoba – Ziryab’s Journey’ on Saturday October 22nd, 2016 at 7:30PM) will be part of the Chicago Flamenco Festival 2016 presented by the Instituto Cervantes, the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Flamenco Arts Center; Tickets