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Dancing Strings Festival 2023 | 24, 25 & 26 November


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Enter the world of 'Dancing Strings'. Together with Marmoucha, Dancing Strings Festival brings together the world's most enchanting stringed instruments, with a focus on the ancient and masterful 'ud. The festival takes audiences on a musical journey where the 'ud shines as a solo instrument but also as an integral part of various line-ups featuring stringed instruments from different cultures. The festival's programme consists of five parts each evening. The composers will play their own works and be accompanied by the Marmoucha Orchestra. These works have been arranged by Ardashes Aghosian.

'Ud player Kamal Hors makes light chamber music: music without boundaries in which melodies lead to the creation of a musical soul that appeals to feelings. With the new compositions, he combines various scales with bouncy irregular rhythms with room for improvisation.

Michiel Hollanders performs three new compositions, reflecting his fascination with instruments and music from Greece. In particular, the penta tonic scale and 7/8 rhythms from the traditional music from Epirus, where he lives, are leading. Hollanders plays laouto and gitarron.

The talented Mohamed Ahaddaf has put his energy into developing the technique of the 'ud. His new creation 'Ana W'inta' meaning 'You and I' is a promising project with an impressive palette of sounds.

The second part of the programme focuses on modern gnawa musician Aziz Sahmaoui. He created a furore with Orchestre National de Barbès and University of Gnawa. Sahmaoui will perform work from his new album with the traditional instruments ngoni (sentir), mandole, guitar, bass guitar and percussion. Together, they create a groovy sound full of emotions and variations. The second set, together with the Marmoucha Orchestra, takes the audience into a melting pot of North African musical styles with Western harmony, in which singing and improvisation dominate.

As a grand finale, all participating musicians will play an exciting work by Sahmaoui together.

You can visit Dancing Strings Festival at:
24 November 20:30, Podium Mozaïek in Amsterdam
25 November 19:00, TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht
26 November 19:30, De Nieuwe Kerk, The Hague

Andre Felipe Lima - 1st Violin
Julia Rusanovsky - 2nd Violin
Kardelen Buruk - Viola
Jascha Bordon - Cello
Emad Ghajjou - Darbuka
Udo Demandt - Percussion
Arin Keshishi - Bass

Dancing Strings Festival 2023 is a co-production of Marmoucha Orchestra and Dancing Strings Festival

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