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EMN March 20 - The Spirit of Sepharad
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 20 – Caravan Ensemble
 
Contact: Charles Q. Sullivan (414.225.3113 or info@earlymusicnow.org)
 
Across Borders – Across Time
 
Before there were borders, there was music.
 
Even before Time, there was music.
 
A 500-Year Journey in Song, Dance, and Art
 
Time-travel is standard fare for Milwaukee’s Early Music Now. Their next offering transverses more than five centuries and nearly a dozen exotic locations as they present The Caravan Ensemble at UWM’s Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 20 at 5:00. Featuring an array of virtuoso musicians from multiple disciplines and cultures, this ensemble leads a soul-stirring musical journey that traces the unique 500-year migration of Sephardic music from Medieval Spain across North Africa to the Middle East. “The Spirit of Sepharad – From Casbah to Caliphate,” combines music, dance, and illuminating projections to bring life to the diverse strains that sustained and influenced Sephardic/Mizrahi Jews during this significant period of cultural synthesis.
 
This exploration includes music of both secular and liturgical origin, spanning many centuries, from Ancient Persia, Iraq, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Libya, Egypt, and Morocco, performed by experts on a variety of exotic instruments:
 
–   Gerard Edery (vocals, guitar, saz) – Sephardic master of Song, honored with the Sephardic Musical Heritage Award.
–   Amir Vahab (vocals, saz, percussion )­–  Iranian master vocalist of Persian sacred and folk music.
–   Glen Velez (percussion) – Three-time Grammy Award winning master drummer and composer.
–   Ara Dinkjan (oud) – Armenian virtuoso who is considered one of the top oud players in the world.
–   Barbara Martinez (dancer, vocals) – Flamenco star dancer, singer and actor.
 
The concert will be preceded by EMN’s Annual Silent Auction and Chocolate Reception beginning at 3:00.
 
Tickets for this March 20, 5:00 concert at the UWM Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts may be purchased online at www.earlymusicnow.org, by phone at 414.225.3113, or from the UWM Box Office at 414.229.4308. Tickets are priced at $25-$40 for adults and seniors, and $10-$20 for students (6 and older).
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