Thursday, August 22, 2013
Blu-ray of the Month - "Al DiMeola: Morocco Fantasia"
Al DiMeola: "Morocco Fantasia"
A high point of the Moroccan Music Fest is without doubt the Mawazine Festival in Rabat,Morocco. Al DiMeola's fantastic appearance there in 2009, leading his group World Sinfonia, also represented a summit of different cultures and religions – featuring Al Di Meola (guitar), Peo Alfonsi (2nd guitar), Fausto Beccalossie (accordion), Gumbo Ortiz (percussion), Victor Miranda (bass), Peter Kaszas (drums), plus special guests from Morocco, Said Chraibi (oud), Abdellah Meri (violin) and Tari Ben Ali (percussion).
On his third trip to Morocco, the public gave this exceptional guitarist a rousing reception and showed its openness towards Western music. Al Di Meola wowed the audience with a repertoire containing not just familiar songs but also new tracks from his current album, 'Pursuit Of Radical Rhapsody'. The bonus material is also notable, with excerpts from the rehearsals, from the soundcheck and Al Di Meola performing a session while visiting a bazaar.