Moroccan Star Rachid Halihal and His Andalusian Orchestra
Date(s) - 02/26/2019
The Center for Jewish History
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Rachid Halihal and his Orchestra will take you on a musical journey in Arabic music — from Moroccan to Andalusian music — with many surprises along the way! As a world-class musician, Rachid Halihal brings to the community the true character and spirit of musics from the classical Egyptian repertoire which is much loved throughout the Middle East; from the Fertile Crescent; from diverse regions of Morocco and North Africa; and also the mesmerizing music of the Arabian Gulf. As a child, growing up in Fez, Morocco, Rachid played the nei and sang, imitating the famous singers of the time. At age 14 he entered Dar Aadyil, the Conservatory of Music in Fez. At first he studied Western classical and Andalus music on piano and violin. He soon expanded to include a variety of other instruments in order to better express his native music. In addition to his voice, which is best featured in the Andalus style, his strongest instruments are the oud (similar to a lute without frets) and the violin, which he plays in both the classical manner and upright resting on the knee for Moroccan folkloric music.