Lucie Skeaping introduces highlights of a concert by the ensemble Joglaresa, given at St George's Church in Kemptown as part of the 2009 Brighton Early Music Festival.
Having spent years living and studying in Morocco, Joglaresa's founder Belinda Sykes speaks about where her inspiration for this music comes from; there are performances of Judeo-Arabic dance songs, cantigas and laude sprituali, Berber rhythms and Moorish romanzas from Iberia's cultural diaspora.
Joglaresa has a sound that is at once both traditional and contemporary - combining elements of Spanish, Italian, North African and Middle Eastern music.
With an array of exotic instruments, including oud, darabuka, bendir, harp and fidel, along with their searing vocals, the eight performers on the stage meld together a sound which can be both extrovert and intimate.
All music recorded live at the 2009 Brighton Early Music Festival.
Ibn al-Khatib of Loja: Jadaka l-gaithu
Joglaresa, with Abdul Salam Kheir (voice)
Solomon Ibn Gabirol of Saragossa: Simeni
Sephardic from Morocco: La novia entre flores
Sephardic from Bosnia: Una matika de ruda
Arabic/Sephardic from Morocco: Bailava en Tetuan
Trad Middle Eastern: Tahmila
Moroccan Hebrew hymn: Adon haslichot
Todros Abulafia of Castile/Cantiga de Santa Maria: Miyyah fi miyyah
Moses Ibn Ezra of Granada: El nora alila
Ibn al-'Arabi of Murcia: Laqad sara qalbi
Cantiga de Santa Maria: Virgen Madre gloriosa
Balkan Sephardic: Hija Hermosa sin ventura