For a complete lineup of concerts and events:
World Music Festival: Chicago
Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs in association with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
AT THE MCA
Saturday, September 19, 2009, 7:30 pm
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Orchestra of Tetouan
Direct from Morocco, the seven-member Orchestra of Tetouan brings the enrapturing music they’ve performed across the world to the MCA for this year’s World Music Festival. The Orchestra of Tetouan draws its sound from a musical tradition that originated more than one thousand years ago in Andalusia, Spain. Uprooted to North Africa when the Christian reconquista forcibly exiled Jews and Muslims from Europe, Andalusian music evolved for centuries in its Moroccan home. Now, the Orchestra melds traditional Andalusian tunes and instruments — from the rbab to the ‘ud -- with more recognizable styles from contemporary Western Europe, forging an utterly compelling sound from ancient rhythms.
The Syrian-born Chicago artist Naief Rafeh will open for the Orchestra. Considered a burgeoning star in his native Middle East, Rafeh now performs mostly in Chicago. Here, he captivates local audiences with traditional Arab tunes performed on the nay, an ancient Egyptian flute.
Tuesday, September 22, 5:30 pm
FREE (in the sculpture garden)
This program is a Tuesdays on the Terrace partnership
Drummer Kubar Suchar and Trumpeter Artur Majewski, formerly of the band Robotobibok, perform a new work that combines their expert instrumentation with synthesized electronica.