Press Release for Friday, January 4, 2008

Cummer Family Foundation Presents Moroccan Band at UNF

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida is hosting the second season of the UNF Cummer Family Foundation Chamber Music Series, which features the Moroccan band Layali El Andalus at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall on campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Layali el Andalus is a band headed by master musician Rachid Halihal, performing music in the spirit of Muslim and Judeo ancient traditions of Andalusia, as well as contemporary and classical music from Arabic, Moroccan and Jewish cultures.

The band, equally comfortable in a concert hall, outdoor festival or a crowded club, is comprised of well-established musicians from Morocco, Israel and the United States. Each talented artist has their own impressive resume and diverse musical background.

The passion-fueled, multicultural ensemble Layali El Andalus is bringing back the spirit of old Andalucia, featuring world-class, classically trained musician and Moroccan native, Halihal, who will be singing and playing the oud. Also performing will be Daphna Mor on the ney/recorder; Bruno Bruzzese, violen; Uri Sharlin, accordion; Brahim Fribgane, dumbek; and David Buchbut on the rig.

Halihal’s melodic voice alongside the enchanting sounds of the nay, oud, accordion, dumbek, riq and violin will take audience members on a mystical journey back to a harmonious time in history that has since influenced many genres and generations of musicians and music lovers.

For more information about the UNF Cummer Family Foundation Chamber Music Series, contact Dr. Guy Yehuda, artistic director, at (904) 620-3836 or