Hometown: New York, New York
Web site: http://www.alhambragroup.com/
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ALHAMBRA plays the rhythmic and hauntingly beautiful Sephardic music of the Middle East, which melds the words and melodies of 15th century Spain, filtered through Turkey, Greece, the Balkans and Arabic lands.
ALHAMBRA was founded in 1981 by its director and lead singer Dr Isabelle Ganz who is a professor of music, a cantorial soloist, a conductor, and an international performer and recording artist. She is joined by four other equally skilled professionals for whom Sephardic music is a special love. Haig Manoukian is considered one of the world's finest players of the oud – the fretless ancestor of our modern lute. Michael Hess, heard throughout New York playing klezmer music, performs on violin, kanun (trapezoidal zither), riq (tambourine) and nay (bamboo flute). Cantor Daniel Pincus is a tenor whose repertoire extends to Bach, Schubert, and Salamone Rossi. Rami El Aasser is a percussionist who performs and records, playing a wide variety of instruments, including the riq, tabla, darbukah, and deff (frame drum)..