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Catalan-Spanish conductor Jordi Savall enthralls UAE audiences

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<p>Award-winning Catalan-Spanish conductor and musician Jordi Savall, performed at Abu Dhabi’s Cultural Foundation theatre this month. </p> <p>The septuagenarian took audiences on a melodious journey, spanning 500 years of the philosophical, cultural and historical Arabic roots of Grenada in Andalusia.</p> <p>“There is a lot of information from 1500 until the Romantic time, says Savall, describing the elements he uses in his music to tell stories from the past. </p> <p>“The bow technique, the documentation, the way to improvise, the way to sing,” he adds, are all instrumental in weaving an authentic experience. </p> <p>Savall has long been a luminary in the field of Western early music, with a particular penchant for melding Medieval, Baroque, Renaissance and classical music.</p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/99/47/994797/1600x900_bonus-s3e2-ime-bb1-170120.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em>Jordi Savall speaks to Euronews’ Rebecca McLaughlin-Eastham</em></p> <h2>Orchestrating the right talent</h2> <p>The performance in Abu Dhabi was executed by Savall’s music groups of La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Hesperion <span class="caps">XXI</span>, with musicians and singers hand-picked from countries from the Mediterranean to Mali and Madagascar. </p> <p>“In French we say, ‘le diable a plus de vieux que de diable.’ You never forget a good musician,” explains Savall.</p> <p>Egyptian musician Sherine Tohamy was in the capital to play the ancient Arabic oud, a pear-shaped lute-type instrument, dubbed by some in the region to be “the king of instruments.” </p> <p>“It’s a very sensitive instrument and I can press all my feelings into the oud,” says Tohamy, describing how, when playing, she cradles the oud like a baby. </p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/99/47/994797/1600x900_bonus-s3e2-ime-bb2-170120.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em>Jordi Savall during rehearsals in Abu Dhabi</em></p> <h2>Bringing the past to life</h2> <p>Since Savall established his musical and choral groups in the 1970’s and 1980’s, he has continually resurrected ancient – commonly pre-18th century manuscripts – through what he calls a “musical time machine”. </p> <p>He adds new orchestral elements, whilst remaining historically loyal and accurate with the narrative, to make his music relatable to today’s audience.</p> <p>“When we play this well and with emotion, we will feel the same emotions as the people of that time,” he says.</p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/99/47/994797/1600x900_bonus-s3e2-ime-bb3-170120.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em>Jordi Savall performing in Abu Dhabi</em></p> <h2>Music and society</h2> <p>In recent times, Savall has voiced his support for the Catalan independence movement.</p> <p>“We have to find today, a solution that makes it possible for the Catalan culture and the Spanish culture to find the way to be together, respecting each other,” he says. </p> <p>A passionate humanitarian, Savall is working with displaced ethnic groups, helping to preserve to their traditions. </p> <p>He describes his visits to Calais in France and Greece’s Thessaloniki, where he met refugees with rich cultural offerings. </p> <p>Over the past three years, the composer has chosen to work with refugee musicians from around 30 different countries from Kurdistan to Syria and Baghdad.</p> <p>Savall has put these musicians centre stage in public performances, showcasing their ability to play multiple instruments.</p> <p>He’s also continually impressed by their vast musical knowledge, which has been handed down through the generations orally and not in sheet music form.</p> <p>The refugee’s skill for recalling these ancient, haunting pieces of music, Savall poetically says, means that they are living, breathing, melodic “life libraries”.</p> <h2><span class="caps">SEEN</span> ON <span class="caps">SOCIAL</span> <span class="caps">MEDIA</span>: <span class="caps">FINE</span> <span class="caps">TUNING</span></h2> <p>Emirati Saleh captured the moment Jordi Savall added some Arabic rhythm to his performance in Abu Dhabi.</p> <p><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7DDiXmpg1r/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12" style=" background:#FFF; 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The music takes you through the forgotten era of Andalusia.. . . . . . #jordisavall #jordisavallhesperionxxi #abudhabi #visitabudhabi #unitedarabemirates #culture #culturalfoundation #music #conductor #instrumentals #songs #performance #coral #poem #andalusian #spain #andalusia #موشح #livemusic #evening #multiculture #past #oud #flute #entertainment #joy</a></p> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">Une publication partagée par <a href="https://www.instagram.com/saleh_ballaith/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px;" target="_blank"> Saleh Ballaith</a> (@saleh_ballaith) le <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2020-01-08T05:57:08+00:00">7 Janv. 2020 à 9 :57 <span class="caps">PST</span></time></p></div></blockquote> <script async src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js"></script></p>
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