The scholarly boundaries between history, geography and music are blurred beyond recognition in the work of Jordi Savall, the leading early-music specialist, who this week makes a welcome return to the UAE.
It was a coup when, a little more than two years ago, the viola and rebab player debuted his epic Ibn Battuta: The Voyager of Islam I: From Morocco to Afghanistan (1314-1336) in Abu Dhabi. An ambitious conceptual suite, it was broadcast around the globe.
Now the celebrated Spaniard returns to present the sequel, and closing chapter, Ibn Battuta: From Afghanistan to China (1336-1346), in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, on Friday and Sunday. The new programme picks up where we left Battuta, in Constantinople, and follows his journey through Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, China and beyond….