Virtual Seffarine Concert

Date: Friday, March 19, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: On home computer or at the Show Boat Cinemas

Price: $Free

Type Of Concert: International

Length Of Performance: 30-45 minutes

Concert Details: The sounds that stir the dry winds of Southern Spain and Morocco, two countries separated by only a whisper of the Mediterranean, are the musical DNA of a beautifully complex extended family linking North Africa and Europe.

The musicians of Seffarine, soulful Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki and flamenco guitarist Nat Hulskamp, supported by master musicians of diverse cultures, embrace and extend this rich legacy. Their exciting performances masterfully combine explosive flamenco footwork, exotic instrumentation and grooving basslines. These diverse backgrounds meld, creating what SoundRoots describes as "an ear-caressing blend of sounds from Spain and North Africa, spiced with a bit of fiery instrumentation and percussion."

Performer Bio: Lamiae Naki (vocals)
Lamiae was born in the city of Fes, the historic cultural capital of Morocco. Fes’ medina or old walled city is the biggest in the Arab world and is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is the only functioning medieval city and also the home of the oldest continuously running university in the world. As a center for learning in the Arab world, one can hear in Fes classical Arabic music as well as every kind of traditional Moroccan music, Sufi music, Andalusian music, pop, jazz and hip hop. She was drawn to music from a young age and began singing, writing songs, and using every resource to find new music and influences from widely varying cultures. Lamiae studied Andalusian music and other forms of classical Arabic music in Fes, and has continued to creatively apply her expertise in Moroccan and Andalusi music to many other traditions. She has performed in concerts with Shabava Persian ensemble, flamenco dancer Laura Onizuka, Algerian musician Moh Alileche, flamenco guitarist Rafael Vargas, and Seattle jazz quartet Mangus Khan and has performed in the United States, Morocco, Canada and Turkey. Lamiae has also been featured on recordings such as “Hora de Soñar” by Martín Zarzar of the world renowned group Pink Martini and the soundtrack for the film by Alissa Cramer “No Plorar Mai” (USA/Spain/Angola). In 2012 She was awarded a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council to travel to Istanbul, Turkey to study classical Turkish singing with master singer Aylin Sengun Tasci. Lamiae now resides in Portland, USA.

Nat Hulskamp (flamenco guitar and oud)
Nat was born in Portland, OR. He began studying guitar with guitarist/composer Paul Chasman at age seventeen. He was soon introduced to flamenco guitar by Jose Solano. His interest in the influence of Arabic music on flamenco led him to study oud in Morocco. After returning to the US, he moved to Seattle to study ethnomusicology at the University of Washington. There he worked with the groups Carmona Flamenco, The Rez Quartet and others ranging in style from Hungarian Csardas and Gypsy swing to flamenco. In 2000 he co-founded the Vancouver, BC based Arabic/ flamenco group Aire with ney player and singer Emad Armoush. In 2004 he moved to Portland and formed the group Shabava with kamancheh/sehtar/violinist and singer Bobak Salehi. In 2010 he formed the trio Caminhos Cruzados with master jazz guitarist Dan Balmer and Ghanaian percussion virtuoso Israel Annoh. Nat has studied with the top flamenco guitarists of today including, Diego del Morao, Manuel Parrilla, Pepe del Morao, José Antonio Rodriguez, Jesús Guerrero, Dani de Morón and Antonio Rey. He has recorded in Spain with Diego del Morao, La Macanita, Luís de Perikín, LaBejazz and has performed with José Antonio Rodríguez, Santiago Lara and Antonio Rey during their US tours. He now resides in Portland, composing and performing with Shabava, Caminhos Cruzados and Seffarine.

Martín Zarzar (percussion) wanted to be a musician ever since he lived in London, starting at the age of two. He was inspired and encouraged by the musicians of the South African community there, including Eugene Skeef and members of the group District Six. His interest in rhythm and composition has resulted in playing several instruments, and his interest in literature has been a driving force in his pursuit as a songwriter. As a child, he studied piano on and off for a few years and then became interested in guitar and percussion. He spent much of his childhood between Europe and Lima, Peru, where he was born, and he believes all that traveling deeply influenced his outlook on life and his music. After attending Berklee College of music on a scholarship and graduating with honors he moved to Portland, Oregon to join the band Pink Martini. He is currently working on his fifth studio album, and teaches in the Portland area. His past collaborations have included Pink Martini, Simon Shahin, Jamey Haddad, Oscar Stagnaro, Essiet Essiet, Seffarine, John Butler, Eugene Skeef, Women Of The World, Leo Blanco, Fared Shafinury, Benny Green, Rufus Wainwright, Mario Frangoulis, Edna Vazquez, Tommy Thayer, Patrick Lamb, Mario Diaz, and Dave Eggar, Pacific Youth Choir, among others.