The Israeli Andalusian Orchestra- Ashdod (Hebrew: התזמורת האנדלוסית הישראלית Arabic: الأوركسترا الإسرائيلية الأندلسية) is an award-winning Israeli orchestra founded in 1994 in Ashdod, Israel. The orchestra is composed of around 30 musicians and lyricists mainly of Tunisian, Moroccon and Russian origin and features traditional Sephardic Jewish-Arab and Andalusian music and poetry, combining classical Arab-Andalusian and European instruments. The orchestra's artistic director and head conductor is Shmuel Elbaz.
Since its establishment, the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra, which is financed by the Ashdod municipality and the Culture Ministry, has become an Israeli musical and cultural icon, touring in Israel, the United States, and European countries.
collaborating with the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra at the International Human Rights March, Tel Aviv, 2011.]] A first project to honor the heritage of immigrants from the Magreb which was to become the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra, was formed in Ashdod in December 1987, as a joint initiative of the liturgical singer and classical conductor Moti Malka and then-mayor Arieh Azulay, both of Moroccan origin.
In 2006, the orchestra was awarded the Israel Prize, for its lifetime achievement and special contribution to society and the State.