Mohamed Briouel and the Fez Arabo-Andalou Orchestra invite you to experience the wealth of Arabo-Andalusian music. Originating in the 15th century, it is the product of a blend of medieval Spanish, Afro-Berber and traditional Arabic music.
The current master of Arabo-Andalusian music, Mohamed Briouel, lives in Fez, a city which has maintained the musical tradition, passed down orally over the centuries. He owes his impressive knowledge to his mentor Abdelkrim Rais, founder of the Fez Arabo-Andalou Orchestra, of which Mohamed is now the director. A true Moroccan institution, the Orchestra is dedicated to the preservation, transmission and authentic interpretation of Arabo-Andalusian music; a repertoire which originated at the end of the Reconquista period (15-16th centuries), when Muslims and Jews were expelled from Spain. Many of them then found refuge in Northern Africa where Christian, North African Afro-Berber and Arabic musical traditions combined. Today Mohamed Briouel and his orchestra continue this practice of blending styles by combining their rich tradition with Sephardic and medieval Spanish music.