• Thursday, Jan 13, 2011

    Nassima, Singer and Ambassador of Classical Arab-Andalusian Music, Performs in Zankel Hall




    On Friday, February 25 at 10:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall presents Nassima, vocalist and ambassador of the classical Andalusian music of Algeria, who performs a program of traditional songs along with popular Algerian chaabi and Sufi music from the Maghreb region in northwest Africa. Noted for her tireless advocacy in defense of the poetic and musical art of Andalusia, and for preserving the ancient classical Arab-Andalusian genre which was traditionally associated with males, Nassima accompanies herself on mandola for her Zankel Hall debut performance. She is accompanied by: Hend Zouari, qanun (or zither); Farhat Bouallagui, violon, and viola; Amar Chaoui, percussion; Rabah Khalfa, derbouka (or goblet-shaped drum), tar and def (frame drums); and Mohamed Abdennour, oud (or lute), guitar and gumbri. Known throughout her thirty-year career for her exceptional timbre and warm yet powerful voice, the virtuoso mezzo-soprano’s songs express a yearning for universal love and peace and a desire to keep a millennium of Sufi mysticism alive. This concert is presented in partnership with the World Music Institute.

    Prior to Nassima’s performance, beginning at 9:00 p.m., concert-goers are invited to enjoy a laid-back pre-concert experience in the Zankel Hall lounge and meet others who share their passion for music. The first 200 concert-goers to arrive will receive a complimentary drink, courtesy of Carnegie Hall. For more information please visit: carnegiehall.org/latenights

    About The Artist
    A fervent ambassador of the Andalusian music of Algeria, Nassima is noted for her renditions of the san’a musical tradition, and her role in preserving the ancient genre which traditionally was associated with males. Born in the small town of Blida (near Algiers at the foot of the Chrea Mountains in Algeria), Nassima was enrolled in the municipal conservatory at the age of seven where she studied instrumental technique and voice under the brilliant Dahmane Benachour, and the violin under his associate Hadj Medjbeur. She was later admitted to the prestigious El Widadia Music Association. Her career took off in 1979 when she was asked to record an anthology of Arab-Andalusian music for Algerian Television and Radio. Since 1984, Nassima has performed in renowned venues the world over. Her career highlights include performances of the complete Nuba Zidane accompanied by the Algiers Symphony 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 she excels in the art of nuba (suites of vocal and instrumental pieces), she also promotes the tradition of M'samaate (female ensembles of Algiers region), and the works of Sufi mystics. She has recorded numerous albums including Andalusian Music of Algiers, and Sufi Spirit, Spirit of Love.

    Program Information
    Friday, February 25 at 10:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    Nassima, vocals and mandola
    Hend Zouari, qanun
    Farhat Bouallagui, violon and viola
    Amar Chaoui, percussion
    Rabah Khalfa, derbouka, tar, and def
    Mohamed Abdennour, oud, guitar and gumbri

    Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with World Music Institute.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall. 

    Ticket Information
    Tickets, $38 and $46, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For more information discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.




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