Flamenco music and dance is the folk art and culture aspects of Spain, more specifically to the province of Andalusia in the southern part of the country.
It contains “rhythmic punctuation” using quarter notes and handclaps in the background setting a meter for the piece, being all in all very similar to Arab world music.
This is partly due to the fact that before the Spanish Inquisition in
the late 1400’s when they were expulsed, Arabs used to live in Andalusia.
This concert aims to highlight the connection and build on it with original compositions and renditions of melodies from Andalucia and the Middle East, thus showing the common thread running through both traditions.
Oud player Attab Haddad has had an interest in flamenco more or less since he started playing the oud. Flamenco’s patterns, rhythms and melodies have influenced a large part of his work and his fascination for the connections between flamenco and Middle Eastern music is boundless.
Attab Haddad Quintet & guests
Attab Haddad: Oud
Ramon Ruiz : Flamenco Guitar
Philippe Barnes: Flute
Naomi Wright: Cello
Neil Charles : Bass
Antonio Romero: Percussion
Anita La Maltesa: Dance