is an award-winning husband and wife musical duo that performs contemporary Andalusian music
. The ensemble features Tarik Banzi playing oud
, and Julia Banzi on flamenco guitar
Tarik Banzi was born in Morocco, and Julia, one of the few well-known female flamenco guitarists, is a native of Denver.
The Al-Andalus Ensemble plays traditional Andalusian music while their contemporary works draw much of its inspiration from the musical traditions rooted in the Classical Andalusian genre of North African, Flamenco, Judeo-Spanish (Ladino), as well as jazz
, Classical, South Indian and Western classical music.
Many of the instruments they use in their performance are traditional North African and Middle Eastern instruments: the oud, kamanja
, as well as the flamenco cajón
, and palmas
and Western instruments such as the flute
, drum set
. Their work is sometimes accompanied by dance performances, including dancers and other world-music specialists.
Robert McBride, music director for Oregon Public Broadcasting, described their music as "something timeless, wonderful and very stimulating."<ref name="aramcoworld"... Read More