March Madness at Intercultural Journeys

Here at IJ we recently had our own form of March Madness--  we had four concerts in row from the middle of March through early April. Our first concert was a performance with the immensely talented choral group, Cantigas. Cantigas is Washington, D.C.'s premier Latino chorale, and they hosted us for a special, snowy concert at Temple Emanuel in Kensington, MD on March 16. The snow started almost as soon as the concert did, but that didn't stop nearly 200 patrons from attending the concert. The concert was a unique blend of Arabic, Latin, and Jewish musical traditions and themes, and featured both Cantigas and IJ in separate performances and joint works.

IJ was represented by the talented and diverse trio of co-founder and cellist Udi Bar-David, percussionist Rolando Morales-Matos, and violinist Dr. Riad Abdel-Gawad. Here's a live sample from our concert with Cantigas. This is "Lammaa Badaa Yatathannaa," and features the IJ trio with the haunting vocals of Cantigas. Video courtesy of Cantigas, Nomad Recording Studio, and David Gradin Productions.

The IJ trio also performed several additional concerts, including a feature on the closing night of One Book, One Philadelphia, and a special performance at the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia's Dare to Understand 10th Anniversary celebration.

We ended our madness with a concert for First Friday! at the Barnes Foundation on April 4. The nearly 700 people registered for the event had no idea the history they were about to witness on stage: this concert marked the first time that Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, cellist Udi Bar-David, and percussionist Rolando Morales-Matos performed together in Philadelphia since 2008.