Omar Metioui – Al Armawi & Rawafid ft. AAO

Het Concertgebouw | Amsterdam

November 23, 2018 21:00 - 23:20 Het Concertgebouw | Amsterdam

Omar Metioui is considered one of the greatest connoisseurs of the rich Arab-Andalusian repertoire. He grew up in the port city of Tangier, and conducts scholarly research into the repertoire’s musical roots. He continues this quest on stage, using three different types of ud, and making a musical voyage through the regions where Arab-Andalusian music has left its mark. Metioui creates a diptych which makes a spirited finale to the second edition of the Ud Festival. First, together with his quartet (percussion, ud, qanun/violin/rebab, and ney), he plays a programme based primarily on Maghreb-Andalusian styles: al-alagharnati and maalouf. He is one of the few to play on the traditional four-stringed raml-ud, using a feather as plectrum. After the interval, the quartet joins with members of Metioui’s Rawafid Ensemble and the Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest to transform into a traditional Arab-Andalusian orchestra, with a programme that combines solo ud improvisations with melodic colour from stings, ud players and vocalists.

Omar Metioui