"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 Canada, Mali, Colombia, Brazil, Guadeloupe, and Catalonia blend with instrumentalists from Europe, South America, 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.


Neema Bickersteth, voice

United States
Aldo Billingslea, narrator

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

Leopoldo Novoa, marimbol, marimba de chonta, tiple colombiano, and voice
Ada Coronel, vihuela, wasá, dance, 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

Yannis François, bass-baritone

Arianna Savall, soprano; David Sagastume, countertenor; Víctor Sordo, tenor;
Petter Udland Johansen, tenor; Pieter Stas, baritone

Pierre Hamon, flutes; Béatrice Delpierre, flute and shawm; Daniel Lassalle, sackbut;
Jordi Savall, treble viol; Xavier Puertas, violone; Xavier Díaz-Latorre, guitar;
Andrew Lawrence-King, Spanish Baroque harp; David Mayoral, percussion

Jordi Savall

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.

Approximate run time: 2 hours and 15 minutes including intermission

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

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Journeys to Belonging
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." Free and open to the public. RSVP appreciated but not required.

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3pm – Artist Talk with Jordi Savall, director and performer
Sabrina Klein, director of artistic literacy at Cal Performances, and Jordi Savall discuss the artistic inspirations and musical discoveries used to create this remarkable concert.

4pm – Music Experience
An interactive opportunity to experience the music, led by Melanie DeMore, vocal activist

4:20pm – Panel Discussion
Olivia Araiza (facilitator) - Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, UC Berkeley
María Elena Diaz, of History, UC Santa Cruz
Mina Girgis, musicologist and founder of The Nile Project
Ahmad Sikainga, Dept. of History, The Ohio State University

The Haas Institute's Othering & Belonging framework informs a discussion on how outsider/subversive culture becomes part of the public sphere and how music is a key to how people understand each other.

5:30pm – Reception


Catharsis Café
Sat, Nov 3, 2018, 10pm
Zellerbach Hall Lobby Mezzanine
Join fellow audience members for a post performance discussion and reception, featuring actor Aldo Billingslea, who plays the role of Narrator in this production. Free to ticket holders.

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

Donor Benefits

Donor Event: Intermission Hospitality
Sat, Nov 3, 8pm
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1500+)
Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall during the above performance(s). Donor Intermission Hospitality is the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.

Membership benefits like these are our way of thanking our supporters for their much needed contributions. To find out how you can become a Donor, please call 510.643.8783 or visit our Support section.

Mt. Beautiful wines generously donated by Leigh Teece in appreciation of Cal Performances' education outreach.

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Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]