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Mara Aranda En El Corazón De Marruecos BUREO1610 CD
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FormatAudio CD
Ordering NumberBUREO1610
Release date26/05/2017
  • Abel García: String instruments from the Eastern Mediterranean (Greek lute, baglama, saz, laouto)
  • Aranda, Mara: Voice, castanets, musical hammer, atabal, hands clapping.
  • Aziz Samsaoui: Kanoun
  • Carles Magraner: Soprano Viola da gamba.
  • Chelo Romero: Atabal, riq, darbouka, vocals
  • Eli Hoshaná Camara Choir ‘Ciudad de Lucena’ (Córdoba):
  • Fernando Depiaggi: Ney and Arabic and Middle Eastern percussion (kaouala, tambourines, daff, dohola, riq, bendhir, darbouka, crakes); hands clapping and vocals.
  • Ido Segal: Violin
  • Jota Martínez: Medieval Spanish tradition string instruments and hurdy gurdy (Zanfona, organistrum, otoman lute, medieval lute, bulgarí, vihuela, latin guitar, moorish guitar, cítola, horn, chimes); hands clapping and vocals.
  • Mercedes Campello: Mystic Turn (Sufi Mystic Dance)
  • Robert Cases Marco: Thiorba, citoles, gothic harp, vocals.
  • Rosa Sanz: Sticks, Spanish dance, flamenco tapping.
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      After three previous albums Mara Aranda again returns to the traditional repertoire of the Spanish Jews in the diaspora: “Música i cants sefardís d’Orient i Occident” (Galileo-mc, 2009), “Sephardic Legacy” (Bureo Músiques 2013) as well as “La música encerrada”, recorded together with Capella de Ministrers (2014), were all dedicated to this tradition.

      Her research work has taken her to Thessaloniki (Greece), Istanbul (Turkey) and Jerusalem (Israel), prior to the recording of these works, to gather information from original sources and to complete the musical repertoire that can not be understood disconnected from its historical and cultural context.

      This musical repertoire attracts different types of researchers: anthropologists, musicologists and ethnomusicologists, linguists, novelists, journalists or historians, the public in general … especially since the nineteenth century when the Sephardic culture was rediscovered almost accidentally, and because of its immeasurable richness became a patrimonial value of mankind.

      Abraham B. Yehoshua, the renowned Israeli writer of Sephardic origin, suggests in his article Beyond Folklore that “Sephardic identity contains three components: Christian, Muslim and Jewish. These three elements, inseparably merged, form an astonishing cultural symbiosis”, a symbiosis which we find represented in “Sefarad en el corazón de Marruecos”, the new work of Mara Aranda.

      The songs tell us about the daily life of the Sephardic people, songs they shared when they participated in celebrations and feasts, or songs they sung in the intimacy of their homes. Generation after generation passed on melodies, rhythms and the feelings of their people only by word of mouth until this day.

      Of Arabic-Andalusian tradition the music ranges from popular folk songs to virtuosic interpretations, elements of a classical Arabic music, revealing us the inner feeling of this people for whom music and poetry were the two outstanding ways they cultivated to draw nearer to God and to express even the most subtle movements of the soul.

      Christian tradition is included by some instrumental passages of the “Cantigas de Santa Maria”, which merge these tow realities, combining arduousness, care, sensibility and the wisdom of great mean who were despite their personal creed able to work for a higher and more noble aim, transcending their identity into time.

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      CD 1
      • 1.El Marido Carpintero04:45
      • 2.Una Hija Tiene El Rey05:26
      • 3.La Partida Del Esposo05:53
      • 4.Decilde A Mi Amor04:34
      • 5.Búcar Sobre Valencia07:48
      • 6.Muerte Que A Todos Convidas06:20
      • 7.Al Pasar Por Casablanca04:28
      • 8.La Infantina06:56
      • 9.Sol "La Sadiqa"04:59
      • 10.El Ignorante Afortunado02:37
      • 11.Nanas Marroquíes05:47
      • Total:59:33