Flamenco Evolution, Baghdad to Seville: A night of outstanding music, flamenco dance breaking down long-standing cultural and historical barriers. Iraqi Oud player Attab Haddad has had an interest in flamenco more or less since he started playing the oud. Flamenco's forms, rhythms and melodies have influenced a large part of his work and he is still fascinated by the connections between flamenco and Middle Eastern music.
Attab Haddad: The British-Iraqi Oud master player and composer Attab Haddad will be performing as part of the 'StringFEST: Festival of Plucked and Bowed Strings' including a duet with collaborator and percussion magician Ant Romero. Haddad is renowned for his unique and original compositions that blend Flamenco, Jazz and Middle Eastern sounds to create what has been described as 'evocative and magnetic new music'.
Eastern Strings: Aiming to highlight the connection and to build on it with original compositions and renditions of melodies from the Arab world and Turkey, this concert will explore the common thread running through both traditions by two incredibly talented artists. Playing on the oud will be Attab Haddad from Iraq and Baha Yetkin from Istanbul, Turkey. Haddad will begin the evening by giving a master-class in the instrument's possibilities, drawing from the Arabic forms whilst lacing his compositions with flamenco, jazz and classical flavours.
Amal - Hope (Concert): Arts Canteen and 'Celebrate Life Events' will bring together their collective strengths in relation to the arts scene in London and present an evening of powerful, heartfelt performances by some of the best artists from the Middle East and Greece who are based in our capital city. Living in a world that is increasingly filled with sad news from many places, this is an opportunity where the universal language of music can touch everyone and where also the mediums of storytelling and film can inspire and educate.
Contemporary Flamenco Meets Arab Roots: A concert that aims to highlight the connection and build on it with original compositions and renditions of melodies from Andalusia and the Middle East; thus, showing the common thread running through both traditions. Oud player Attab Haddad has had an interest in flamenco more or less since he started playing the oud. Flamenco's forms, rhythms and melodies have influenced a large part of his work and he is still fascinated by the connections between flamenco and Middle Eastern music.
The Flamenco Trail, From the Middle East to Spain: Flamenco is a fusion of music and dance from the Andalucian region of Spain with its roots in East India and Arabic music. Ramon Ruiz, UK's leading flamenco guitarist and Anita La Maltesa dancer and singer will be joining forces with the outstanding oud maestro Attab Haddad and first class percussionist Antonio Romero. Together they will be presenting another evening of blazing flamenco mixed with the original music from the ARA trio.
The ARA Trio: A wonderful live performance that will be a fusion of Arabic and flamenco music, traveling through the Middle East and Andalucia. With Attab Haddad playing the oud, Ramon Ruiz playing Spanish guitar and Ant Romero on percussion, this trio always deliver something rare, unique and enchanting. Taking place on 11 March, 2015 at Cafe Barcelona, 344 Streatham High Road, London SW16 6HH.
The Flamenco Trail, from the Middle East to Spain: Ramon Ruiz and Anita La Maltesa return to St Ethelburga's on 7 February, 2014 by popular demand with another evening of blazing flamenco song and dance.