María Mayhem

Medieval Spanish Songs
and Instrumental Music

Cheryl Koehler, voice
Peter Maund, percussion
Mark Middlebrook, oud and gittern
Kit Robberson, vielle

Saturday, February 3rd, 2001
4:00-5:30 PM
Diesel - A Book Store
5433 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618

The period of Moorish occupation of the Iberian peninsula, the VIII-XV centuries, saw a fierce struggle for power between Muslims and Christians, but it also brought about an extraordinary mingling of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish cultures and an exuberant burgeoning of artistic and intellectual life. From this era, María Mayhem brings you an afternoon of music, images, and ideas.

You'll hear a lively Andalucían nuba from Moorish Córdoba, some handsome melodies from the convent of Las Huelgas in northern Spain, a haunting Sephardic lament, and a selection of songs from the beautifully illuminated Cantigas de Santa María manuscript from King Alfonso X and his court in Toledo. The group performs on reproductions of the period's unusual instruments, in the ancient languages of Galician-Portuguese, Ladino, and Latin.

(For more information, contact Cheryl Koehler at or 510-654-5492.)

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