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JOGLARESA

THIS PERFORMANCE TOOK PLACE IN 2008 Belinda Sykes, voice, shawm, Director Jennie Cassidy, voice Jeremy Avis, voice Abdul Salam Kheir, voice, oud Merit Ariane Stephanos, voice Jon Banks, harp, qanun Stuart Hall, oud Tim Garside, nay, percussion ‘Extasis’ Jewish, Muslim and Christian celebratory Medieval song from the Mediterranean Outside the restraints of religious rites, musicians and poets through the ages have created euphoric music celebrating their faiths. In the13th century Christian pilgrims at Montserrat sang and danced so ecstatically that they had to celebrate outside the church. Music was forbidden in mosques, yet mystic Sufi brotherhoods gathered privately to sing of their religious intoxication. Having already observed their formal religious rites in the Synagogue, Jews returned home to sing hymns informally and joyously. Joglaresa performs a cutting-edge meeting of cultures with guests Lebanese oud-player Abdul Salaam Kheir, the Egyptian singer Merit Ariane Stephanos and the Israeli/British singer Jeremy Avis. ‘Joglaresa are at the forefront of singers and instrumentalists whose study of improvisation and ethnomusicology informs and shapes their imaginative recreation of medieval music-making.’ The Times ‘irresistibly catchy tunes … Joglaresa’s imaginative use of improvisation creates an exciting air of authenticity … compulsive rhythmic energy’ The Telegraph Click here to listen to a clip of their music Photo credit - Stuart Hall