Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
Watch…. love it!
The Andalusian Orchestra go for it on Ashkelon beach.
But why did they feel the need to add canned applause and cheering form a stadium crowd to the end?
Feels more like a pre-set promo video of a straightforward performance than anything resembling a ‘flashmob’.
Agreed. All of the beachgoers “surprise” was very staged, as were the female dancers. This was a music video, not a flash mob.
Well, at least it caused me to google “Andalusian orchestra.” I learned it is actually the “Israeli Andalusian Orchestra” (or “Israeli-Andalus”). They play versions of traditional Sephardic Jewish-Arab and Andalusian music. They aren’t half-bad if you like that kind of music (which I do). There are a number of videos of them on you tube. So thanks, Norman, for making me aware of them.
So very, very commercial, it is not a flash mob, it looks like just another expensive ad. Was it a bank or what?
Even though it’s not a bona fide flashmob, it is good music and fun to watch.
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