“MOROCCO FANTASIA”— Al di Meola on DVD

“Morocco Fantasia” 

Al Di Meola on DVD

Amos Lassen

I was awed as I watched Al Di Meola’s Moroccan concert on blu ray last night. It was filmed in 2009 at the Mawazine Music Festival in Rabat and shows how different cultures and religions come together. The band is made up of Al Di Meola (guitar), Peo Alfonsi (2nd guitar), Fausto Beccalossie (accordion), Gumbo Ortiz (percussion), Victor Miranda (bass) and Peter Kaszas (drums). Special guests from Morocco include Said Chraibi (oud), Abdellah Meri (violin) and Tari Ben Ali (percussion).

The music is incredible and the photography is brilliant. The musical numbers are:

Misterio

Siberiana

Double Concerto

Michelangelo’s 7th Child

Gumbiero

Turquoise

Encore

Egyptian Danza

and each is a magical experience. I sat mesmerized as I watch and if that is not enough, the special features take us behind the scenes and we see rehearsals and a session in the bazaar at Rabat. There are few who can come near di Meola on the guitar and if you love this ind of music, this is a must have.

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