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


Early Music
Jordi Savall
The Routes of Slavery: Memories 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 10 countries on four 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 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.


Mohamed Diaby, voice
Ballaké Sissoko, kora and voice
Mamani Keita, Nana Kouyaté, Tanti Kouyaté, chorus and dance


Ada Coronel, vihuela, wasá, dance, and voice
Leopoldo Novoa, marimbol, marimba de chonta, tiple colombiano, and voice
Enrique Barona, vihuela, leona, jarana, quijada de caballo, dance, and voice
Ulises Martínez, violin, vihuela, leona, and voice

Maria Juliana Linhares, soprano
Zé Luis Nascimento, percussion

Iván García, bass

Neema Bickersteth, voice

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, guitar
Andrew Lawrence-King, Spanish Baroque harp
David Mayoral, percussion

Aldo Billingslea, narrator

Jordi Savall, director

In memoriam: Kassé Mady Diabaté (1949–2018)

With the support of the Department of Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Institut Ramon Llull, and Unesco.

Please note: non-English vocals will be performed with supertitles.

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Public Forum
Sat, Nov 3, 2018, 3pm
Wheeler Auditorium
The Journeys of Belonging. Jordi Savall's Routes of Slavery program pays tribute to the enormous contributions of enslaved Africans to world culture. This far-ranging public forum includes an artist talk with Savall, musical activity led by vocalist Melanie DeMore, and a panel discussion informed by the Haas Institute's Othering and Belonging framework. The conversation will focus on how outsider/subversive culture becomes part of the public sphere; how music can help people understand each other; and how, in the words of Jordi Savall, "What we share is more important than what divides us." A 2018/19 Season Berkeley RADICAL Citizenship event. 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. A 2018/19 Season Berkeley RADICAL Citizenship event. Free to ticket holders.

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

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Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
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Program Notes

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