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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

In Context: Almadraba

Spanish guitarist and composer Oscar Peñas blends together jazz and classical music in the world premiere of Almadraba, an ode to the sustainable Andalusian fishing tradition of the bluefin tuna. Like Andalusia itself, a melange of Moorish and Romanesque influences, Peñas melds together these two genres along with the influence of Cuban, South American, and Spanish music to tell the grand tale of this age-old ecological technique. To give you further insight into the production, we’ve compiled resources below and after you’ve attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #almadraba.

Program Notes

Coming soon!


Oscar Peñas: A Music Man on a Mission (Smithsonian)
A interview with Oscar Peñas highlighting the artists’ journey to building an authentic jazz voice.

Ancient Mariners of Spain (Financial Times)
The experience of almadraba as an outsider looking into the age-old tradition.

Spain’s 3,000-Year-Old Tuna Harvest (Outside)
Outside Magazine outlines the life of almadraba fishermen and the effects of commercial fishing.

Watch & Listen

Almadraba Excerpt (YouTube)
Early versions of Almadraba being workshopped at La Habana and Dizzy’s Jazz Coca-Cola.

Jazz Appreciation Concert  (YouTube)
Oscar Peñas in a recent performance in Pittsburgh for the Jazz Appreciation Month concert at Theater Square.

Now your turn...

What did you think? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #almadraba.

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  1. Charming, informative chamber jazz and concert evening. The connection to Andalusian tuna fishers 3000 year history of sustainable catches took awhile to take in and, dare I say it, when it did we were hooked.

    Thank you to all in the ensemble. Seamless and moving.

  2. Thanks, glad you enjoyed Almadraba

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