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Concert « El Azifet »

First feminine Orchestra in Tunisia and the Arabic world

Tuesday 04 October, 20.00 – 21.30hrs
Tickets available at FIDIC Secretariat in Davos (CHF 25.-)

El Azifet will perform « ZORKAND »

Concert Programme (20.00 – 21.30)

Samai DastkahFayçal Karoui
Nachid el AzifetFayçal Karoui
Kouatni kouatekKhemaies Ternane(Arr. F. Karoui)
Ah mil ainineKaddour Srarfi(Arr. F. Karoui)
El youm galetli zin ezzineHédi Jouini(Arr. F. Karoui)
Ouad’ouniPatrimoine(Arr.F. Karoui)
MezianaSadok Thraya(Arr. F. Karoui)
Taht el yesmina fellilHédi Jouini(Arr.F. Karoui)
Ila JamilFayçal Karoui
Allahou yefaal ma yacha(Malouf tunisien)(Arr. F. Karoui)
Tekouit ou ma golt ahitAli Riahi
Ya RayèhDahmane Harrachi(Arr. F. Karoui)
OrdhouniPatrimoine(Arr. F. Karoui)
Hadhi ghnaya lihomLotfi Bouchnak
Lamouni elli gharou meniHédi Jouini
Samra ya samraHédi Jouini(Arr. F. Karoui)

About El Azifet

Created in 1992 by Amina Srarfi, EL' AZIFET ( the musicians), is the first feminine orchestra  in Tunisia and in the Arabic world. Displaying a delicious mixture of oriental and western instruments, the group presents classic pieces pulled by the oriental and Andalusian Tunisian, average heritages freshly arranged to reinvent the old favourites in rhythm of flamenco, rumba, tango and waltz with femininity and absolute refinement.

Amina Srarfi, his conductor, musician and musicologist is the daughter of the illustrious violinist and the composer Kaddour Srarfi. She is first prize of violin, music professor, founder and manager of «kaddour srarfi of the Conservatory of Music and Dance ». She is the first woman conductor in the Arabic world.

Ambassadress by choice of the Arab-Andalusia music, she leads her orchestra on the most prestigious stages of the world: Paris ( IMA), London ( Royal Music academy), New York (ONU), Jordan (Festival of Jarash), Palestine, Turkey, Rome (Auditorium), Austria, Stockholm, Germany, Spain (Theatre El Monumental), Japan, Seoul, and Beijing.

Her style draws from the directory of the Arabic music. A big touch of classic with all that she learnt from her father and her professors, but another individual imprint, emanating from her own personality because she examined the nuances and the voices and it is what made the particularity of her orchestra. Innovative always, she works on a modern writing and a new vision of the music by updating the Arabic classic directory and also by creating a directory appropriate for her orchestra.


Explanation of songs

Sama’i Dastkah
The  sama’i  is an instrumental form composed in a 10/8 rythmic mode known as sama’i thaqil, which consists of four sections called khana that are alternated by a refrain ,the taslim. The fourth section is composed in a 6/8  or a 3/4 rhythm.
Sama’i Dastkah is a contemporary sama’i  where the composer breaks with the classical style and invents a new writing of the musical form, introducing other rhythmic structures.
Kawatni kuwatak
This was sung by the diva of Tunisian song, Saliha, a bedouin voice of the last century ,and is unique in its genre. It is difficult to proclaim one’s burning passion while wishing that the same flame consume the object of one’s desire.
Al youm qalatli zayn al-zayn
The beloved has a rendezvous with her suitor, who eagerly dreams about this beautiful encounter by a fountain. Influenced by latin rhythms, very popular in 1960s, the composer, Hedi Jouini, opts for the cha cha cha, thereby adding a new dimension to the contemporary music of the period.
Taht al-yasmina
A night under the jasmine - the small, fragrant white flower is very dear to Tunisians – by the roses swaying in a light breeze whose branches reach the suitor and wipe away his tears. This is a waltz with Andalusian tones, composed by the Tunisian crooner Hédi Jouini and arranged by Fayçal Karoui.
Urduni zuz sabaya
« I met two young veiled girls. Each was as radiant as the other, the first was like a beacon , the second a luminous candle. »
The poet warns his beloved « the day you find yourself in trouble you will turn around and you will return to me. »
Màhlà làyàli Ishbilyà
« How wondrous are the nights in Seville. My beloved and I cry our love to the moon.
Ah min il- ‘aynayn
« Ah ! A woman’s eyes….Which gaze to choose ? That of the dark eyes the color of night ? Or the blue ones, the color of the sky ? Or the caramel gaze, the color of honey ? » Undecided ? the poet requests the assistance of his listeners.Would you know the right choice ? This was a big hit in the 1960s, composed by one of the great masters of Tunisian music, Kaddour Srarfi, the father of Artistic Director Amina Srarfi.
Saberna ‘ala al-hijran
This short malùf is presented a capella. The percussion – Darbukka,tar,duff, and small cymbals – are added towards the end of the piece and are a beautiful representation of the three-beat « khitm » rhythm that ends in a fairly rapid tempo.
Wadd ùni ya l’banat
This son gis composed in a typically Tunisian maqâm or mode. The song tells the story of a man in love who is betrayed by a beloved who abandons him. He becomes a hunter with a « burned liver » full of bitterness because he let the beautiful gazelle escape.
Ya rayèh
« Hey ! You who will leave your country. So many people have made the same choice, but they regretted their departure and turned ». This extremly famous Algerian song from the beginning of the 20th century is presented in with an El’Azifet’s flair.