East of the River: Hamsa

Music from Andalusia, the Ottoman Empire, North Africa, and the Sephardic Diaspora

East of the River performs music of the Near East from Jewish and Ottoman traditions of the 13th through 18th centuries. Based on the melodic modal system referred to as the Maqam, this program draws its listeners to the distinct beauty of and similarities between liturgical, folk, and Ottoman courtly music. With Jesse Kotansky (violin), Kane Mathis (‘oud), Nina Stern (recorders & chalumeau), Daphna Mor (recorders and voice), and John Hadfield (percussion).