Ramon Tasat in Concert in NY

Hazzan Dr. Ramon Tasat in Concert
Sunday, May 20th 2007
7:00 pm
Congregation Ansche Chesed
251 West 100 street (corner West End Avenue)
New York, NY 10025
Tickets $20. in advance $25. At the door Children under 13 Free
Tickets on line www.ramontasat.eventbrite.com

Hear the echoes of faraway lands that hosted Sephardic Jews for centuries and enjoy a kaleidoscopic array of musical styles in a thoughtful exploration of the age-old liturgical texts as well as joyous and moving Ladino folk songs exploring eternal themes of love and life.

The Washington Post calls “Argentine guitarist-cantor Ramon Tasat and Russian pianist-cantor Natasha J. Hirschhorn international leaders in the field of Jewish religious music”. Don’t miss their rare joined New York appearance accompanied by the harmonious sounds of Community Chorus Shirei Chesed and virtuoso instrumental ensemble Fiesta Sefarad.

Born in Buenos Aires, Cantor Dr. Ram?n Tasat learned Ladino, the language of the Sephardic people, at his grandmother’s knee; his style reflects the rich history and drama of this extraordinary culture.
Trained in five different countries, he received a doctorate in voice performance from the University of Texas at Austin. His doctoral dissertation is entitled The Cantillations and Religious Poems of the Jews of Tangier, Morocco.

Cantor Tasat has toured Europe with world-renowned Dr. Robert Shaw and has participated in international festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. He has appeared in numerous opera productions including “Le Nozze di Figaro”, “AIl Impressario”, and “La Traviata” and has drawn worldwide critical as well as audience acclaim.

His most notable appearances include the Kennedy Center Concert Hall; the Israeli Embassy; the Jewish Music Festival of Berkeley, California; Saint Cre, France; Siena, Italy; Helsinki, Finland; Barcelona, Spain; and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

Dr. Tasat has been the recipient of numerous awards including First Place at the Montpelier Cultural Arts Centers Recital Competition and a National Endowment of the Arts Grant. Dr. Tasat’s lectures, workshops, and programs range from “The Music of Modern Israel” to “Echoes of Sepharad.”

Ramon’s numerous recordings include Fiesta Sefarad, Trees cry for rain, Teshuva, Kantikas di amor i vida. He has published several music books on Jewish subjects.