The Madrassa Ensemble, directed by Hagai Bilitzky, renews a musical tradition from the Golden Age in Andalusia in Spain. During that period, prior to the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, Jewish and Muslim poets worked together. The ensemble comprises some ten young musicians who perform the classical and folk music of Andalusia, using oriental instruments such as the oud, qanun and nai alongside western ones such as saxophone, bassoon and trumpet, in a way that gives this musical tradition a contemporary, rich and expressive sound. The ensemble joined new Hebrew texts to this ancient tradition, while renewing ancient ones in Arabic, faithfully interpreted.
Hagai Bilitzky, musical direction, oud; Dror Tubul, bass; Michael Rosler, bassoon; Sara Neveem Cohen, trumpet; Idan Salomon, soprano saxophone; Nir Armon, alto saxophone, Shikma Givan, flute; Hanani Zait, ney; Orian Shukron, piano; Nadav Friedman, tar; Avraham Neveem, darbuka; Sharon Avivi, kanun; Shir Wechsler, oud; Ido Kadosh, guitar; Johanna Reitmueller, Arabic Violin; Noam Tabib, vocals