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The Petra album launch
May 23, 2016

The PETRA album by Luca Aquino and the Jordanian National Orchestra will be launched during a special concert on July 14, 2016 in Little Petra, in the framework of the UNESCO global campaign #Unite4Heritage. PETRA album is the result of a joint project between UNESCO Amman Office, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization, the Jordanian National Orchestra Association and Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA).

On July 14, three music tracks will be available on the website lucaaquino.com for download. On August 13th the full album will be available worldwide online for download. The proceedings of the album will go entirely to the two non-profit associations, which support Petra site and the Jordanian National Orchestra.

This vivid compilation emerged from Italian trumpeter and composer Luca Aquino’s passion for using natural acoustic reverberations in archaeological sites to enhance musical composition. Recognized as one of the most talented jazz musicians in Europe, Aquino was captivated by the acoustic potential of Little Petra during his three visits to Jordan. Little Petra is part of the Petra Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site of unrivalled beauty and unparalleled architectonical value and in ancient times it was a prime location for wealthy Nabataeans looking to build villas away from the main city of Petra, in the cool shade of the surrounding canyon.

Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh support was fundamental to the success of the recordings and stemmed from Dr. Talal’s passion for music. PETRA is the first recording project produced by the newly established Talal Abu-Ghazaleh International Records, a new recording label founded with the aim of developing the music industry in Jordan.

The UNESCO Amman Office enthusiastically encouraged this cultural endeavor at such a critical and fragile time under the framework of the #Unite4Heritage global movement. This powerful campaign was launched in response to the unprecedented recent attacks on heritage urging global citizens to stand up against extremism and radicalization by celebrating the places and cultural traditions that make each country such a rich and vibrant place.

The cooperative atmosphere of the participants performing and working behind the scenes spanned ten nationalities in bringing this recording to life. A powerful message lies within this universal appreciation for music as we perceive the harmony within this cultural diversity. Reflecting UNESCO’s mandate, the shared passion within this musical experience demonstrates how the arts can build robust bridges between cultures and transcend geographical, linguistic or physical barriers.

On this vibrant album, nine pieces have been compiled for your listening pleasure. As the acoustic reverberations interact with the ancient chambers of resonance in Petra, the music expands and changes shape taking on an ethereal quality.

“This musical partnership with the orchestra and TAG-ORG is a great way to show Jordan’s appreciation for music and the arts. It’s wonderful to see an increasing amount of folks sharing how they experience Jordan through music and art, especially at a world heritage site. Performances at these historical locations are sites we love to see, and would love to see more. These same sites where ancient civilizations performed, and the revival of this shows that music and historical sites are inseparable” says, Dr. Abed Al Razzaq, the Managing Director of the Jordan Tourism Board.