NASSIMA—SINGERAND AMBASSADOR OF CLASSICAL ARAB-ANDALUSIAN MUSIC—PERFORMS IN ZANKEL HALL ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25 AT 10:00 PM
On Friday, February 25 at 10:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall,Carnegie Hall presents Nassima, vocalist and ambassador of the classicalAndalusian music of Algeria, who performs a program of traditional songs alongwith popular Algerian chaabi and Sufi music from the Maghreb region innorthwest Africa. Noted for her tireless advocacy in defense of the poetic andmusical art of Andalusia, and for preserving the ancient classicalArab-Andalusian genre which was traditionally associated with males, Nassimaaccompanies herself on mandola for her Zankel Hall debut performance. She isaccompanied by: Hend Zouari, qanun (or zither); FarhatBouallagui, violon, and viola; Amar Chaoui, percussion; RabahKhalfa, derbouka (or goblet-shaped drum), tar and def(frame drums); and Mohamed Abdennour, oud (or lute), guitar andgumbri. Known throughout her thirty-year career for her exceptional timbre andwarm yet powerful voice, the virtuoso mezzo-soprano’s songs express a yearningfor universal love and peace and a desire to keep a millennium of Sufimysticism alive. This concert is presented in partnership with the World MusicInstitute.Prior to Nassima’s performance, beginning at 9:00 p.m., concert-goers areinvited to enjoy a laid-back pre-concert experience in the Zankel Hall loungeand meet others who share their passion for music. The first 200 concert-goersto arrive will receive a complimentary drink, courtesy of Carnegie Hall. Formore information please visit: carnegiehall.org/latenightsAbout The ArtistA fervent ambassador of the Andalusian music of Algeria, Nassima isnoted for her renditions of the san’a musical tradition, and her role inpreserving the ancient genre which traditionally was associated with males.Born in the small town of Blida (near Algiers at the foot of the ChreaMountains in Algeria), Nassima was enrolled in the municipal conservatory atthe age of seven where she studied instrumental technique and voice under thebrilliant Dahmane Benachour, and the violin under his associate Hadj Medjbeur.She was later admitted to the prestigious El Widadia Music Association. Hercareer took off in 1979 when she was asked to record an anthology ofArab-Andalusian music for Algerian Television and Radio. Since 1984, Nassimahas performed in renowned venues the world over. Her career highlights includeperformances of the complete Nuba Zidane accompanied by the AlgiersSymphony Orchestra and appearances at the Theatre de la Ville, UNESCO in Paris,and the World Sacred Music Festival of Fes in Morocco, among others. While sheexcels in the art of nuba (suites of vocal and instrumental pieces), shealso promotes the tradition of M'samaate (female ensembles of Algiersregion), and the works of Sufi mystics. She has recorded numerous albumsincluding Andalusian Music of Algiers, and Sufi Spirit, Spiritof Love.Program InformationFriday, February 25 at 10:00 p.m.Zankel HallNASSIMANassima, vocals and mandolaHend Zouari, qanunFarhat Bouallagui, violon and violaAmar Chaoui, percussionRabah Khalfa, derbouka, tar, and defMohamed Abdennour, oud, guitar and gumbriPresented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with World Music Institute.Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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