TRIO SEFARDI, a northern Virginia-based ensemble, performs traditional songs of the Sephardim, the descendants of Jews exiled from Spain in 1492. Their repertoire draws on the song traditions of Sephardic communities from the former Yugoslavia, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, and North Africa, with a special emphasis on traditional and original songs they learned from their mentor, Bosnian-born singer/composer and 2002 National Heritage awardee Flory Jagoda.
Jewish Music Series
In the countryside outside of Prague, Czech Republic lies the picturesque town of Terezin. During WII, the Germans used it as a concentration camp for prisoners, primarily Jews, from all over Europe. In spite of the harsh and punishing conditions, a rich cultural life flourished at Terezin, including a plethora of musical performances. Randall Weiss, violinist, will perform music written by Jewish composers at Terezin, and he will talk about the remarkable musicians who were interned there.
In this concert, the members of Veretski Pass demonstrate how they use archival material, and spin melodies, some hundred of years old into new arrangements and compositions. In the tradition of folk musicians all over the world, these musicians put their own recognizable mark on music from the Jewish Pale of settlement and beyond.