Considered by many to be Morocco’s cultural and spiritual center, Fes is home to the world’s oldest university, The University of Al-Karaouine founded in 859 AD.
Conducted by Mohammed Briouel
The spring 2013 Caravanserai music residency tour will feature masters of classical Judeo-Arabic music from the Andalusian tradition, the Orchestra of Fes directed by the legendary Mohammed Briouel.
Andalusian classical music is at the core of contemporary Moroccan culture and evolved over centuries of cultural exchange between North Africa, Spain, Portugal, and southern European Muslim traditions. The vibrant, spiritual chamber melodies of the Orchestra of Fes will take audiences on a sonic tour to the heart of Morocco’s rich musical heritage.
Born and raised in the magical city of Fes, Mohammed Briouel studied with Hadj Abdelkrim Raïss, one of the undisputed masters of Andalusian classical music. A violist by training, Briouel inherited the rich traditions of Arab-Andalusian music that have been preserved in ancient cities like Fes. He is now one of Morocco’s premiere orchestra and chamber group directors, and he directs the esteemed Music Conservatory of Fes, where he also teaches sol-fa, a form of musical notation specific to Arab-Andalusian classical music. Faithful to the Moroccan tradition of openness and tolerance, Briouel’s Orchestra of Fes has toured the world giving concerts of Andalusian, Arab, and Sephardic music with noted musicians of Jewish traditions such as Albert Bouhadana and Emil Zrihan.