THE ORIGINS OF ORPHEUS XXI
Founded by Jordi Savall, an EU ambassador for intercultural dialogue, Orpheus XXI was designed with the goal of helping refugee and immigrant musicians adapt to their new communities.
“As Jordi [Savall] is well-known, he is able to help these musicians build a strong reputation in Europe,” explains Waed. “Jordi selected 21 musicians who came together at the Saline Royale in Arc-et-Senans, France to share their oral musical traditions, and Orpheus XXI was born.”
The ensemble gave their first concert in July 2017, and since then they have performed in numerous concerts and festivals.
“Jordi has created a supportive, family atmosphere in Orpheus XXI,” Bouhassoun tells me. “There are no stars, no divas. It is a group performance and we work together as a team. Even though my title is ‘Artistic Director,’ everyone has a voice in our production. We are continuously learning from each other, and I think the audience can perceive this harmony in our music.”