MARÍA DOLORES GAITÁN – ALHAJAS
María Dolores Gaitán, piano | Aziz Samsaoui, kanún
According to the accurate words of Reynaldo Fernández about “Orientalism”, we delve more properly to know the meaning that this term can have in cultured music and likewise, value the “Jewels” project in its search to make accessible and deciphering the Eastern world in the Europe of al-Andalus, the name given by Muslims in the Middle Ages to the Iberian Peninsula.
“Europe in the contemporary stage, that is, since the French Revolution, generates a concept of orientalism and a peculiar vision of Islamic cultures. In this search for his identity in moments of crisis, he motivates the need for the different, the different, as a self-affirmation of his own existence and custom. Thus, the Orient is the dream, the myth, a kind of earthly paradise as well as its opposite, the evil, the mysterious, the unusual. In the midst of this scenario, Europe invents an Orient to its measure”.
“Orientalism in European music”| Reynaldo Fernandez Manzano