MDC Live Arts’ New Season Explores Muslim Identity MDC Live Arts recently celebrated the start of its fall season, Ojala/Inshallah: Wishes from the Muslim World. This groundbreaking new lineup of performances was designed to challenge widespread assumptions concerning contemporary Muslim identity. The season, which is was made possible thanks to the support of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts (DDFIA), began with Layali al-Andalus, a musical showcase paying homage to al-Andalus and Moorish Spain. In this lively performance, the National Arab Orchestra was joined on stage by esteemed Flamenco guitarist Jose Luis de la Paz and guest singers Marian Layousse, Usama Baalbaki, Alfonso Cid and Susana Behar. Dedicated to performing and preserving the classical and contemporary traditions of Arab music, this 24-member ensemble also featured violins and cellos alongside traditional instruments such as oud, qanun (zither), nay (reed flute) and a percussion section including riqq (Arab tambourine). In early November, audiences were delighted by The Sachal Ensemble: Song of Lahore – a Pakistani jazz ensemble whose journey has taken them from obsolescence to international acclaim, playing iconic jazz standards and Pakistani folk songs. During Miami Art Week, internationally acclaimed artist Tania El Khoury will implement two immersive and challenging performance pieces that give voice to stories buried or silenced.
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