The Andalusian Persuasion
Friday Night Lecture (6:30p):
Narratives surrounding the Golden Age of Spain emphasize a spirit of convivencia, or coexistence, pervasive in this medieval cosmopolitan society dominated by members of the three Abrahamic faiths—Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Thomas discusses key historical figures and ideas contributing to this Andalusian Persuasion, highlighting areas of common ground in philosophy, poetry, theology, and music.
Saturday Evening (8:00p)
Samuel Torjman Thomas, with members of ASEFA and the NY Andalus Ensemble, will present a concert traversing a wide-ranging repertoire drawing upon several different Sephardi-Mizraḥi traditions. In this intimate, small music ensemble setting, where acoustic instruments and song lyrics shine in multiple languages (Hebrew, Arabic, & Ladino), the soundscape of a sacred-secular embrace comes to life.