Talk followed by a workshop-show
Youcef Rais, who comes from Algeria, set sail for various lands before finally settling in Montréal. After studying Arab and Andalusian classical music at the prestigious El Moussilia school in Algiers, he specialized in qasaïdes, melodious songs with elaborate poetic support typical of North Africa, while perfecting his mastery of the oud.
He will provide a very special introduction to the monument that Arab-Andalusian music constitutes, backed by two musicians on violin and percussions. Together, they will tell us in didactic style about the history of this art as well as its qualities and characteristics, and they will take us back in time, to the Umayyad court, adorned with jets of water along a myrtle-flanked basin, in the shade of an olive tree where poetry reigns.
The audience is invited to take part in the exchanges in this hybrid event crossing between workshop-lecture, master class and show. It fits in with the thematic series of the 19th Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal: Songs of mutants, on the shores of Gibraltar.