The Al-Andalus Ensemble regularly performs at concert series, performing arts centers, music festivals, colleges, and at corporate and private events. In addition, they have developed educational programs as well as academic presentations geared for audiences of all ages. Download PDFs for more details on:
Banzi Duo (core)
Tarik Banzi (Morocco), Julia Banzi (USA) [oud, ney, darbuka, guitar, viola] Banzi Brochure.
Al-Andalus Ensemble Add to the duo any combination of violin, trumpet, vocals or dance to create a trio, quartet, up to ten piece ensemble. Concert or danceable, festival formation with trumpet & drum-set.
- A. “21 Strings” Oud, violin, guitar
- B. “Al-Andalus Trio” Banzi’s plus multi-lingual vocalist, trumpet or Flamenco/Andalusian dance
- C. “Journey from Baghdad to Cordoba” with Andalusian and Flamenco dance (Interactive Educational program)
Banzi ‘s + any two: violin, vocals, dance or trumpet.
Concert and Festival (4-10 artists) Banzi’s + choose any: violin, voice, dance, trumpet, drums, bass, piano
“Unique, deeply moving music--a development as fruitful as Astor Piazzolla’s when he shocked the Argentinean establishment with his 'Nuevo Tango' -Ted Gioia, Author “History of Jazz”
* California ArtsBridge award: "Best in Creative and Complete Planning for Teaching Arts in the Public Schools”
"Music is one way for young people to connect with themselves, but it is also a bridge for connecting with others. Through music, we can introduce children to the richness and diversity of the human family and to the myriad rhythms of life" (Daniel A. Carp, Eastman Kodak Company Chairman and CEO).
Tarik & Julia Banzi of the Al-Andalus Ensemble conduct highly educational and interactive music education programs that are uniquely relevant in todays world. “The students were absolutely INTRIGUED throughout—This was far and away the best production for Young Audiences that I have ever seen!” (Teacher, French American School)
Mission: To provide students with the introductory tools to engage in music and offer a different view of Middle Eastern cultures, employing approaches that counter negative and distorted stereotypes of Arabs. Student audiences learn about Arab contributions to Western civilization and historic achievements of Arab culture. The outstanding model of tolerance between Christians, Muslims and Jews of Al-Andalus in Medieval Spain is celebrated.
Al-Andalus Ensemble has 3 music education programs that can be geared to all levels of
education Please click on the links below for a more detailed description on each program.
1. Assembly Presentation – a 40 minute all school assembly style presentation “Journey from Baghdad to Cordoba” with Andalusian and Flamenco dance (Interactive Educational program).
2. Residencies “Travels of Ibn Battuta: Making Music and Musical Instruments from Around the World”
A 3-10 day residency (1 hour sessions, once a week for example) where students make their own musical instruments, create their own songs all rooted in musical instruments from around the world. The program culminates in the students performance of their creations and a CD of their performance to share with family and friends. IIbn Battuta was a Moroccan Berber scholar and traveler who is known for the account of his travels and excursions called the Rihla (Voyage) in Arabic. His journeys lasted for a period of nearly thirty years and extended from North Africa, West Africa, Southern Europe and Eastern Europe in the West, to the Middle East, Indian subcontinent, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and China in the East, a distance readily surpassing that of his predecessors and his near-contemporary Marco Polo. (battuta.pdf)
Women's Andalusian Ensembles: Seven Centuries of Silence While the historical record is rich with mention of women Andalusian musicians of the 9th-13th centuries CE, there is a notable scholarly void documenting the existence and significance of Andalusian women’s ensembles during the seven centuries that followed. What became of these female musicians and their traditions? Did they cease to exist? Were they collectively forgotten or simply deemed unworthy of remembrance? This presentation is the first to document the phenomenon of female ensembles and explores factors that have contributed to their persistence over the centuries. It explores how both recent and older Iberian memories continue to influence the dynamics of collective assembly, leading us to reconceptualize intersections of history, memory, music, religion, gender and identity.
Length of time: 30-60 minutes (lecture, video, slides, question & answer period) International Women's Month is March.
The Banzi's offer custom designed lectures, workshops and residencies at the University level.
In addition, Julia Banzi (Ph.D.) teaches guitar at Lewis & Clark College and Reed College as well as private students. Julia is a devoted teacher, composer and performer who truly enjoys working with students of all levels. Whether in flamenco, folk or classical, Julia provides students with a solid foundation on the guitar while guiding students toward creating original music they can call their own. At all levels, from learning to play their favorite songs to accompanying flamenco dancers, Julia prepares students with both solo and ensemble skills and toward a lifetime of enjoyment and proficiency on the instrument. She also writes a regular column in the Portland Guitar Society Here is a fun one! “Avatar and Flamenco Guitar” . Please use the contact form for more information rates and scheduling.
Master Classes and Workshops
Rhythm and Spirit (Workshop)From our heartbeat to the manner in which we speak and walk, rhythm is often seen as the great unifier in the world. Gain an understanding in the very different ways in which rhythm is perceived and functions in different cultures far and wide. Hands on! Length of time: 2 hours.
The Arab Roots of Flamenco (Workshop) An overview of Flamenco from guitar & cante (singing) to dance and their relation to Arabic music. The basic compas and main branches of flamenco are explored and compared/contrasted with the Arab musical culture. Length of Time: 2 hours