Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Free Concert in Fez ~ Thursday, March 19th

Josephine Foster Ensemble in Concert in Fez

Colorado (USA) singer-songwriter Josephine Foster will perform a collection of her songs accompanied by Spanish guitarist Victor Herrero, Icelandic cellist Gyða Valtýsdottir and London-based artist-performer Nissa Nishikawa.

Josephine Foster's music and singing channels the spirit of collective anonymous music and dismantles rigidly composed song.

She performs frequently with her husband Victor Herrero, guitar virtuoso from Spain. Her collaborations have been with diverse musicians such as Keiji Heino, Michael Hurley, Sonny Simmons, Ed Askew, Michael Zerang, Chris Scruggs, Paz Lenchantin, Gyda Valtysdottir, the Master Musicians of Joujouka, and the Cherry Blossoms.

Victor Herrero was introduced to music in his childhood while living in the famous monastery Franco erected in a mountain valley of Madrid (El Valle de los Caídos). There he learned to sing Gregorian and Mozarabic chant under the guidance of Benedictine monks.

He frequently collaborates with his wife, Josephine Foster, as they perform together in concert, as well as in the recording studio. His music embodies different styles that have all formed a part of his experience; classical, folkloric and contemporary threads all united under the strong influence of traditional Andalusian music.

Gyða Valtýsdottir is an Icelandic musician. Armed with a bow & cello she moves vividly between realms of any kind, composing, performing and recording music with a variety of artists, from electronic to folk music, baroque to spontaneous compositions.

She studied in Rimsky- Korsakov Conservatory St. Petersburg, Russia and Basel Conservatory, Switzerland, where she received a Master's in Performance and Improvisation.

Nissa Nishikawa is an artist based in London. Her performances transform environments of scientific, sacred and cultural interest, which speak of an ancient place to the ancient body of the audience. She spent her formative years in the region of Yamanashi, Japan training with the organization Dance Resources on Earth (Min Tanaka). She studied Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Stage Arts at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. She also practices dervish turning of the Mevlevi order. Nishikawa's work has been shown internationally in theatres, museums, galleries, fields, forests and film.

Thursday, March 19 at 7 PM at the ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha
This concert, organized by the ALC-ALIF Music Club, is free and open to the public.

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