Carnegie Hall presents in partnership with Robert Browning Associates and Flamenco Festival, Inc.
Friday, March 18, 2016 at 8:30pm
ROSARIO GUERRERO "LA TREMENDITA" & MOHAMMAD MOTAMEDI
QASIDA: Flamenco Meets Persian Music
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Seventh Avenue between 57th and 56th Street, NYC
This concert brings together musicians from Spain and Iran who exemplify and expand upon the ancient musical relationships from which flamenco is derived. Led by two powerful vocalists - Rosario Guerrero “La Tremendita” and Mohammad Motamedi - the group invokes the spirit of Al-Andalus, which for more than 700 years was the cultural center of the Arab-Iberian world where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived in relative harmony. The title of their program, Qasida, refers to the classical poetic form introduced by the Arabs to the courts of Córdoba, Granada and Sevilla in the 8th century. Songs of Spanish folk poetry and Persian high art are woven together in a program that evokes the rarified musical world of Al-Andalus.
Rosario Guerrero "La Tremendita" hails from Triana, the famed district of Seville where Gypsies were forced to live for centuries being prohibited from residing within within the precincts of the city walls. She is from a musical family and spent a number of years collaborating with distinguished dancers including Belén Maya, Rocío Molina, Rafaela Carrasco and Andrés Marín. More recently she has been performing as a soloist and composing.
Mohammad Motamedi has been immersed in Persian classical music from an early age. A self-taught ney player and vocalist, he studied with masters Hamid Reza Nourbakhsh and Alireza Lotfi. He has performed with ensembles led by Mohammad Reza Lotfi and Majid Derakhshani as well as the Iran National Orchestra, and more recently with master composer and istrumentalist Hossein Alizadeh.
"a vital dialogue between traditions" – Songlines, UK