Originally airing Friday, Sept. 14, 2018
WRFA’s Jason Sample talks with Jamestown native and Minneapolis-based singer and musician Alyssa Anderson about the Rose Ensemble’s upcoming performance in Jamestown, NY on Oct. 2, 2018 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown. The performance is entitled “Land of Three Faiths” and is part of a North American tour the ensemble has scheduled.
To offer financial support for the upcoming program, visit RoseEnsemble.org/donations-rose-ensemble.
“The result of years of intensive research and training, ‘Land of Three Faiths’ is at once sacred, secular, folk, and classical, embarking on a fascinating exploration of language, spirituality, and cultural exchange. Featuring instruments and musical ideas that blur the lines between Arabic and European, this entertaining and enlightening program is steeped in the rich history of the Abrahamic faiths, achieving a perfect balance of edgy improvisation, exotic vocal styles, and ancient traditions.
Highlighting the Hispano-Arabic Middle Ages as both an important and devastating chapter of Judaic, Christian, and Islamic history, laments of the Sephardic Jews mingle with Arab-Andalusian dances and Spanish court songs, while rhythmic cantigas, Hebrew cantillation, and Gregorian chant meet the mystical world of Sufi poetry.”