Professional musician and teacher, German López entertained all with his timple, a fully-resonant diminutive 5-stringed instrument from the Canary Islands. Germán was accompanied by guitarist Antonio Toledo at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach as well as several Arts For The Schools students. The performance harnessed the grit of Spanish flamenco, the structure of west African rhythms, the flourishing spirit of jazz, and an innovative 21st century approach to performing “island music.” Performing several songs from his latest album Canela y Limón for audience members and students alike.
Next onStage Live Event: Rahim AlHaj, Feb 2nd, 7pm
at The Community Arts Center in Truckee
Rahim AlHaj, virtuoso oud musician and composer, was born in Baghdad, Iraq and began playing the oud (the grandfather of all stringed instruments) at age nine. In 1991, after the first Gulf War, Mr. AlHaj was forced to leave Iraq due to his activism against the Saddam Hussein regime and began his life in Jordan and Syria. He moved to the US in 2000 as a political refugee and has resided in Albuquerque, NM ever since. In 2015 Rahim was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor for traditional arts in the USA.