Orchestre Temsamani comes from Tetuan, the most Andalusian city in Morocco. The group is named after the great master, Mohamed Larbi Temsamani (1920-2001), who refined Arab-Andalusian music, and who created quite a furore in the 20th century by changing orchestral line-ups. He was the first to add a piano to the line-up, and – in addition to being a gifted ud musician – was himself a pianist and violinist. Today, Mohamed Amin El Akrami heads the ensemble, with the rising star of the Moroccan ud scene, Amin Plahouan, at his side. For this festival, the Orchestre Temsamani appears together with the Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest, with a broad musical program where taqsims (improvisations) on the ud form a connecting thread.