Grammy award-winning artist, Jordi Savall, returns with Hesperion XXI to Al Ain’s oasis and the Bin Hamooda Fort on Sunday, 15th January.
..Again with the help of the ancient music ensemble Hespèrion XXI, this time augmented by artists from India and China, as well as with prominent Emirati artists, Grammy Award-winner Savall, one of the most exceptional figures in today’s music world and a major concert performer, will undertake the incredible task to recreate the music of Ibn Battuta’s spectacular travels. As one of the principal architects of the current revaluation of historical music, Savall, who plays viol and rebab, will guide us on a journey through time and space, performing the music Ibn Battuta heard during his visits to royal courts, palaces, public places or small villages. A long forgotten world and its enchanting atmosphere will come back to life through the magic of music which will be complemented by readings from Ibn Battuta’s exotic travel journal, allowing music and words to mix and recreate his marvellous adventure.
Born in Tangiers in the Hijri year 703 (1304 AD), Ibn Battuta was an explorer, voyager and writer, visiting the Middle East, the Maghreb and Mashreq regions as well as parts of Africa, Europe and the Far East. These extraordinary journeys were documented in his travel record, making him one of the first globetrotters (Jawwala) of history and one of the early masters of travel literature (Rihla). The Arab world remembers him as the “traveller of the Arabs” (Mussàfir al-Arab) and the “traveller of time” (Rahala al asr). For Western scholars, who began studying and translating his work from the 19th Century on, he was the “Voyager of Islam” or the “Arabic Marco Polo”.
For his second concert in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Savall will present Ibn Battuta: The voyager of Islam II in the magical setting of the Oasis of Al Ain.