“Jewish, Arabic and Spanish elements come together in Osvaldo Golijov’s inspired salmagundi of songs drenched in folk and pop traditions of the Mediterranean, from danceable laptop-powered grooves to radiant slow songs full of yearning.”
A lush fusion of Arabic, Hebrew, Sardinian, and Sephardic folk melodies and texts, Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov’s AYRE is a thrill to experience and a brilliant example of 21st-century cultural counterpoint.
Golijov’s AYRE — meaning “air” or “melody” in medieval Spanish — largely centers on southern Spain with its intermingling of three cultures (Christian, Arab and Jewish) in an era before the expulsion of the Jews in the late 15th-century.
PERFORMED BY: Lebanese-Canadian soprano Miriam Khalil and 11 world-class instrumentalists
With: The Glenn Gould School String Quartet and sopranos Ellen McAteer and Adanya Dunn, who open the first half of the program with three works by Golijov and live Arabic caligraphy performance art by Jamelie Hassan.
The Ismaili Centre, Toronto
49 Wynford Dr, Toronto, ON M3C 1K1
November 10-12, 2016
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM