"Jordi Savall conjures joy out of misery in an ambitiously conceived evening."


Early Music
Jordi Savall
The Routes of Slavery (1444–1888)
Directed by Jordi Savall

Jordi Savall returns with an ambitious new program characteristic of his expansive, inclusive musical imagination. The Routes of Slavery unites more than two dozen musicians from 15 countries on three continents, in a reverent and uplifting celebration of the influence of enslaved Africans on the culture of the Americas and Europe. Vocalists from the United States, Mali, Colombia, and Catalonia blend with instrumentalists from Madagascar, Morocco, Europe, and West Africa, with historic readings intertwined throughout. Sponsored by UNESCO, this massive cross-cultural musical reconciliation serves as an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit.


Guest Performers
Mohamed Diaby, voice (Mali)
Ballaké Sissoko, kora and voice (Mali)
Mamani Keita, Nana Kouyaté, Tanti Kouyaté, chorus and dance (Mali)
Maria Juliana Linhares, soprano (Brazil)
Zé Luis Nascimento, percussion (Brazil)
Adriana Fernández, soprano (Argentina)
Iván García, bass (Venezuela)

Temembe Ensamble Continuo
Ada Coronel, vihuela, wasá, dance, voice (Mexico)
Enrique Barona, vihuela, leona, jarana, quijada de caballo, dance, voice (Mexico)
Ulises Martínez, violin, vihuela, leona, voice (Mexico)
Leopoldo Novoa, marimbol, marimba de chonta, tiple colombiano (Colombia)

La Capella Reial de Catalunya
Arianna Savall, soprano
David Sagastume, countertenor
Víctor Sordo, tenor
Petter Udland Johansen, tenor
Yannis François, baritone

Hespèrion XXI
Pierre Hamon, flutes
Béatrice Delpierre, shawm
Daniel Lassalle, sackbut
Jordi Savall, treble viol
Xavier Puertas, violone
Xavier Díaz-Latorre, theorbo, guitar, vihuela de mano
Andrew Lawrence-King, Spanish Baroque harp
David Mayoral, percussion

TBA, narrator

Jordi Savall, director

Please note: this program is performed with English supertitles.

This event is part of the 2018/19 Berkeley RADICAL programming initiative, Citizenship. Learn more and watch videos >


Related Events

Public Forum
Sat, Nov 3, 2018, 3pm
Wheeler Auditorium
Jordi Savall's far-ranging program pays tribute to the enormous contributions of enslaved Africans to world culture. This special public forum includes an artist talk with Savall, musical activity led by vocalist Melanie DeMore, and panel discussion exploring the concept of citizenship as presented in this program, using a framework developed by the Global Justice Program of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. Free and open to the public.

Catharsis Café
Sat, Nov 3, 2018, 10pm
Zellerbach Hall Lobby Mezzanine
Join fellow audience members for a post-performance discussion and reception. Free to ticket holders.

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

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Sat, Nov 3, 8pm
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1500+)
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Program Notes

Program notes will be available approximately one week before the performance.