Arabesque has been playing their unique blend of Irish and world folk music since 2004 when they splintered off from the long-standing Oklahoma Irish band, Banish Misfortune, to explore their own creative expressions. Both Miranda Arana and Steve Vanlandingham live in Norman where Miranda teaches World Music at the University of Oklahoma and Steve works as an archeologist. Their performances are an intelligent mix of storytelling, history, humor and fun.
A concert and celebration of the release of their new CD, A Turk in Galway, will take place at the 2nd Friday Art Walk on May 13 from 6 to 9 pm, hosted by the Performing Arts Studio in the Norman Depot, 200 S. Jones. There is no admission charge. The CD features Miranda (silver flute, Irish penny whistle, and Vietnamese zither) and Steve (Irish bouzouki, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and Middle Eastern oud), with guest artists Jeanell Jordan (Japanese shakuhachi and hapi drum) and Sheaukang Hew (fiddle).
A Turk in Galway, is a wonderful sequel to Arabesque’s first CD, Glen Road to Cordoba, which craftily paired Middle Eastern scales and melodies with classic Irish jigs and reels. A Turk in Galway takes listeners on another magic carpet ride, with folk melodies from Turkey, Iran, Romania, and Japan woven into delicate blends with traditional Irish forms and rhythms. Also on the CD are a number of original tunes, including the title track.
Arabesque has performed regionally at schools, public libraries, art openings, private functions, and folk festivals, including the North Texas Irish Festival (Dallas, Texas), the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair (New Mexico), the Four Winds Faire (Tyler, Texas), the Oklahoma Celtic Music Festival (Stillwater), the International Festival (Lawton, OK), and the Norman Medieval Fair. They are a part of the Oklahoma Arts Council Touring Program.
For more information about Arabesque, visit http://www.ourarabesque.com/. For more information on Performing Arts Studio programs, phone 405-307-9320. PAS office and gallery hours are 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday.