Ziryab: Songbird of Adelusia
written by Ronnie Malley
Directed and edited by Anna C. Bahow
HiGHLY RECOMMENDED: "Chronicling the life of the refugee, exile, wanderer and idealist,
[ ] Malley is a one-man band of remarkable ingenuity, moving through accents and centuries with agility while tossing off riffs from Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’Mine” and Compay Segundo’s “Chan Chan.” He sings the Hafiz ode, “I see the moon in the face of my beloved,” and transforms from emir to courtier to slave"
New City Stage
RECOMMENDED: "The show’s first-person accounts are stirring and Malley is a skillful musician; in addition to singing and strumming the oud, he plays percussion and the electric guitar."
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: " . . . a stunning showcase where harmony is literal. Along the way he regales us with Arabic poetry, legends and songs that reprise the golden age of Islamic Iberia."
Stage and Cinema.