Arabesque is a musical duo that has been mesmerizing audiences since 2003 with their unique blend of Celtic, Arabic, Judeo-Spanish, Turkish, and other world folk traditions. Any given song can be a vehicle to take the musicians and the listeners to new places, creating spontaneous and heartfelt expressions through the blending of musical forms, ornaments, and styles. Their performances are an intelligent mix of instrumental music, storytelling, history, humor and hands-on fun. Both hail from Norman, Oklahoma, where Miranda teaches World Music at the University of Oklahoma and Steve does archaeological survey work. They have performed at fairs, festivals, contra dances, workshops, schools, universities, and private functions throughout Oklahoma and neighboring states. Come take a magic carpet ride around the globe with Arabesque as this unique pair unveils the mysteries and enchantments of the world's diverse musical cultures, marrying lilting Irish reels and jigs to the sensuous and evocative melodies of the East.
*Members of the Oklahoma Arts Council Touring Artist
*Selected to perform at the 2007 and 2008 North
Texas Irish Festival in Dallas.
*Performed with noted Irish musicians Liz Carroll and
Michael Black at the 2006 Irish Arts Winterfest
*Steve Vanlandingham is an award-winning banjo
player in the "clawhammer" style. (Mountain View,
Arkansas 1980) and was an instructor at the 2007
O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat.
*Miranda Arana has performed at Lincoln Center,
Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and the Smithsonian
Institute with Vietnamese, Latin American, Tibetan
and other folkloric ensembles.
Miranda Arana, flute, whistle, Vietnamese zither and spoons. Steve Vanlandingham, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, banjo, oud, limberjack and wooden slit drum.
Glen Road to Cordoba (2005)
A Turk in Galway (2011)