Al Manara (meaning The Beacon) is a Belgian-Palestinian ensemble built on the collaborative juices and musical dialogue occurring between Ramzi and the Belgian pianist, conductor and composer Éloi Baudimont.
The Silk Road Creation - Bethlehem, Palestine, April 2018
Part of the orchestral arrangements: Ramzi Aburedwan
Texts: Alain Weber
Musical based on the great traveler Marco Polo described in his Book of the Marvels of the World (1298-1299), co-written with the 13th century fiction writer Rustichello of Pisa.
Ramzi is the founder and artistic director of the annual Palestinian Musical Journey Festival for Spiritual and Traditional Music produced by Al Kamandjâti starting in 2016. The festival offers high quality performances, lectures, photo exhibits, workshops and guided tours in Palestine, with a focus on heritage sites. In 2017 the festival included a host of performers around the world—The kora player Ballake Sissoko of Mali, the Jawla Project from Belgium and The Whirling Dervishes of Istanbul among many others.
Ramzi was born in Bethlehem in 1979 and he spent his childhood in Al Amari refugee camp (Ramallah). In 1997, he met the music by chance and joined then the Edward-Said National Conservatory of Music; he got then a scholarship to go and learn viola in France, where he got his music diplomas. While there, he created Al Kamandj.ti Association in order to bring the same opportunity to the other Palestinian children. Today Ramzi is a viola and a bouzouq player. He is also the founder of Dalouna, a Palestinian music group who tries to highlight the classical and folkloric Palestinian and oriental repertoire. In 2010, he created the National Ensemble of Arabic Music of Palestine.