The Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation is organising, from 23 to 25 June, a festival with three nights of open-air concerts dedicated to Sephardic music, Andalusian rhythms and flamenco, with three great protagonists: Ana Alcaide, Imán Kandoussi and Rocío Márquez.
This festival is born with a vocation of continuity and is organised by the foundation with the Andalusian Agency of Cultural Institutions of the Department of Culture and Historical Heritage of the Andalusian Regional Government, with the collaboration of the 'la Caixa' Foundation. The aim of this event is to promote the important musical legacy that the coexistence of the different cultures of the Mediterranean represents for our community. And more specifically, the relevance of the Sephardic and Andalusian heritage in Andalusian culture.
In this sense, this initiative is linked to the Atlantic Andalusia Festival held every year in the Moroccan city of Essaouira, with strong support from the Junta de Andalucía (through the Three Cultures Foundation) for almost two decades. In fact, at the 2019 edition of this event, the Regional Minister of Culture and patron of the Foundation, Patricia del Pozo, expressed the Andalusian Government's commitment to promoting a possible candidacy for Andalusian music as Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Now, the Three Cultures Festival goes a step further by bringing together three important exponents of Sephardic, Andalusian and Flamenco music on the same stage, albeit on different days.
Ana Alcaide, the first to perform on the 23rd, is an instrumentalist, singer and composer who carries out research into ancient traditions and cultures. A pioneer and disseminator of the nyckelharpa (Swedish instrument) in Spain, she began writing and producing her own songs, adding compositions and adapting her instrument to ancestral melodies that have travelled around the Mediterranean and originated in medieval Spain.
Imán Kandoussi, who will perform on the 24th, is originally from Tetouan (Morocco). At the age of 10, she began studying solfège and Arabic oud at the Tetouan Conservatory of Music, and at 15 she studied performance techniques with great masters such as Amin el Akrami and Hicham Zoubairi. At the end of 2003, she came to Spain to complete her university studies and develop other musical styles, fusing them with traditional Arab music, especially Andalusian music, making it possible to establish a dialogue between musics belonging to the area of medieval al-Andalus.
For her part, Rocío Márquez (who will close the festival on the 25th) is a benchmark of current flamenco. Born in Huelva in 1985, she has been defined by the press as "the voice of the new generation of flamenco singing" and her national and international projection is unstoppable. Her discography combines her great love for flamenco tradition with her eagerness to explore the limits of that same tradition by experimenting with melodies, instrumentation, arrangements and lyrics.
More information and ticket sales for each concert:
Wednesday June 23, Ana Alcaide
Thursday June 24th, Imán Kandoussi
Friday June 25, Rocío Márquez