February 15, 2014

Vol. 29 , No. 09   

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Muslim, Jewish and Christian Harmony in the Golden Age of Spain
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; PROGRAM 12:00 p.m.

Yuval Ron is an internationally renowned World Music artist, composer, educator, peace activist and record producer. Graduating Cum Laude as a Film Scoring Major at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he has continuously researched various ethnic musical traditions and spiritual paths worldwide. Among his many honors, he composed the songs and score for the Oscar winning film “West Bank Story” in 2007, was the featured artist in the Gala Concert for the Dalai Lama's initiative Seeds of Compassion in the Seattle Opera Hall in 2008, and has collaborated with the Sufi leader Pir Zia Inayat Khan since 2006. His awards include the Los Angeles Treasures Award in 2004 and prestigious grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, American Composers Forum, California Council for the Humanities and the Rockefeller Foundation. Under his leadership, the internationally renowned music and dance group, The Yuval Ron Ensemble, has been actively involved in creating musical bridges between people of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths and has been featured on CNN, National Geographic, and in the international press and media. Yuval Ron has produced field recordings in the Sinai Desert with the Bedouins, archival preservation recordings of the sacred Yemenite, Moroccan and Andalusian Jewish traditions, and an album of master musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek.

Yuval Ron takes us on a fascinating journey of the Oud (Middle Eastern Lute) from Baghdad, Irag, to Andalusia, Spain. This is the story of the master musician who brought the Oud to Spain and changed the music of Europe — an exploration of the Jewish and Arabic Music that originated from Andalusia and the 600 years of Muslim role in Spain, as well as the mutual influences between these traditions and the Christian music tradition of Spain.

The Yuval Ron Ensemble, promoting peace through music, is sponsored by Hillel at the Claremont Colleges.