Sephardic, Ladino or Mizrachi

The Jewish Women of Rebetika

Monday, June 20, 2011
Legendary Greek Jewish Singers of the ’20s. ’30s, & ’40s
Songs and Personal Histories of
Roza Eskenazi, Amalia Baka, Stella Haskil, and Victoria Hazan
Carol Freeman – Vocals
Beth Bahia Cohen – Violin
Haig Manoukian – Oud

LOCATION: The JCC of Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St.
New York City
Information: 646-505-5708
Admission $20, $15 members

Performing Piyyutim: Sephardic Music, Poetry and Spirituality

With ethnomusicologist and bandleader Samuel R. Thomas, Syrian Rabbi Joseph Dweck, and Moroccan Rabbi Gad Bouskila
part of The NEXT New York Conversation

Join Leonard Lopate, ethnomusicologist and bandleader Samuel R. Thomas and voices from within the Brooklyn Sephardic community for Performing Piyyutim: Sephardic Music, Poetry, and Spirituality, an exploration of Sephardic sacred poems through live musical performance and conversation. The event is presented as part of The NEXT New York Conversation series.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
at 7:00 PM
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Tickets: $20

The Magic and Mystery of Jewish Morocco

Time Sunday, February 13 · 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Location The Baroque Room, 275 East Fourth St., 2nd Floor, St. Paul, MN

More Info Arriving directly from Casablanca, soprano Vanessa Paloma takes us on a journey through the mythical land of Morocco — exploring its traditions, beliefs, and music. With Rose Ensemble musicians Ginna Watson, vielle, rebec, and harp; David Burk, oud; and Tim O’Keefe, percussion.
Previous concert:

NYC Sephardic Music Festival — TONIGHT!!

Sunday December 13th
years NYC Sephardic Music Festival.
Elie Massias will be playing songs in Hebrew, Spanish, Ladino and French, originals and some of
the classics rearranged from the shuls of Gibraltar’s
Sephardic Community.
Elie will be playing Guitar, Cajon and Soprano Saxophone and creating loops in real time
through the Boomerang looping machine. The music will draw from the sounds of
Andalucia’s Flamenco, African rhythms, Sephardic and the many other musics
he learned through the years
Ladino Chanteuse Rivka Amado and her band will also be performing.

Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue
3 West 70th St. at Central Park West NY NY
7pm | $15 adv or $18 door | all ages
phne 212-873-0300 x221

The Sephardic Music Festival Asefa and Yair Dalal

Sephardic Music Festival

Asefa, Yair Dalal and Michelle Webb
@ Union Hall
702 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Monday, December 14, 2009, 7pm | $10

For more info: | |


Full ensemble performance with Yoshie Fruchter (oud/guitar), Noah Jarrett (bass/guimbri), Yaaki Levy (drums/percussion). If you haven’t been to Union Hall, this is a great music spot in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

A special treat will be the bill sharing by the legendary Yair Dalal, in town from Israel for one night only…don’t miss it!

Journal for the Study of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry

Academicians in the field of Sephardic and Mizrahi studies are invited to submit articles and contribute to this innovative, new journal. Among the many benefits of publishing with the journal is the short time span between submission and publishing compared to other journals. Moreover, the journal is free, fully online, and easily accessible to the general public via the journal website.

Part of FIU’s President Navon Program, the Journal for the Study of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry has been an ongoing, interdisciplinary project which draws upon the expertise of leading scholars in the field and seeks to cover all aspects of the Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewish experience.

The journal is a refereed, peer reviewed and interdisciplinary academic journal. Created to fill a lacuna in academic publications, the journal’s purpose is to provide an online platform for scholars to publish original, academic work that explores salient aspects within this burgeoning field of study.…

Vanessa Paloma Sings Mose salio de Misrayim

YouTube of a traditional Judeo-Spanish (Ladino) song from Northern Morocco called Mose salio de Misrayim, telling the story of Moses and his encounter at the burning bush which led him back to Egypt to confront Pharaoh. This was filmed at the Jewish Museum of
Casablanca, the only Jewish museum in an Arab country. Features the singing of Vanessa Paloma.

The Lost Soul of Spain. Music and Dance of the Sephardic Jews

The Yuval Ron Ensemble featuring two stunning guest performers:
Israeli-Tunisian singer Smadar Levi and Israeli-Moroccan dancer Maya
. With Jamie Papish- Percussion, David Martinelli- Percussion,
Norik Manoukian – Woodwinds, Vergine Alumyan – Kanoun, Carolyne
Aycaguer – Harmonium.

Where: Brentwood Presbyterian Church.
12000 San Vicente Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90049

When: Sunday, November 2, 2008 at 7 PM
Tix: $20 at the door.
Info: or Calendar page at
tel: (818) 505-1355

Oscar winning composer. World music producer and artist Yuval Ron
(Oud and Saz) presents a preview concert of the music, his
international ensemble will perform for the King of Morocco, at the
International Sacred Music of Fez in June 2009. The program will
feature Hebrew and Ladino songs from Morocco, Andalusia, Bosnia, and

Me La Amargates Tú Presents 3 concerts of “Sephardic Music”

Me La Amargates Tú
Presents “Sephardic Music” in the following concerts:

October 5, 2008. “Oud Woelwijck”, Essenlaan 5,Voorschoten
15:30 hs. (Fully booked)

October 9, 2008. “Instituto Cervantes”, Domplein 3, Utrecht
19:00 hs.

October 12, 2008. “Delft’s Synagogue”, Koornmarkt 12, Delft
15:00 hs

Esteban Manzano-tenor
Doret Florentin- recorders
Tulio Rondón- viola da gamba
Sarah Ridy- baroque harp
Cristian Gutiérrez- baroque guitar
Juan Martinez- percussion

Eyal Bitton’s CD High Holiday Memories

Eyal Bitton CD
A new CD, High Holiday Memories: Timeless Moroccan & Sephardi Classics, has been released by Eyal Bitton. Bitton is a composer lyricist and musical director. He contributed lyrics for the musical of Mordecai Richler’s The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and has written for such musicals as King David, Moses, Freedom: The Moses & MartinLurther King Jr. Musical Tribute. Bitton is Musical Director at Toronto’s Beth Tikvah Synagogue. He has conducted choirs for the Spanish & Portugues Synagogue (Canada’s first congregation), Adath Israel Poale Zedek, Jewish Peoples and Peretz Schools, La Chorale Kinor and others. For more information about the CD, visit:

Spirit of Sepharad: From Casbah to Caliphate

World premiere
June 25, 2008 at 7pm at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to
the Holocaust

Written & conceived by Gerard Edery
Directed by Henning Rübsam

A soul-stirring musical journey, “Spirit of Sepharad: From Casbah to
Caliphate” traces the unique migration of Sephardic music from medieval
Spain, across North Africa, to the Middle East. Combining music, dance and
illuminating projections, this dynamic mixed-media performance brings to
life all the rich cultural strains that influenced Sephardic/Mizrahi Jews.
Featuring an array of virtuoso musicians from multiple disciplines, the
program includes songs of secular and liturgical origin, spanning many
centuries to the present and many continents from Ancient Persia (present
day Afghanistan and Iran), Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Greece, Syria, Turkey,
The Balkans, Jerusalem and Kurdistan (then, as now, part of Iran, Turkey and

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

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.


Yair Dalal:
WHEN: Saturday, November 4, 2006 at 7:30 PM

WHERE: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York City
A unique performance in the four-day program
Back to Babylon: 2600 Years of Jewish Life in Iraq, November 2-5, 2006,
Exploring the venerable and multifaceted culture of Iraqi Jewry< During the first half of the 20th century, Jews were virtually the only instrumentalists in the Iraqi musical scene. All the musicians from Iraq who attended the first Arabic music congress in Cairo in 1932 were Jewish (but one). With the exile of the Jewish community in the 1950’s, many famous Iraqi Jewish musicians immigrated to Israel. Their legacy is still strong today, both in the preservation of the traditional Iraqi Maqam, and in its influence on contemporary Israeli music.



Brookline, MA–Sunday, July 9, 2006
7:30 pm
Temple Beth Zion (TBZ),
1566 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA
Advance tickets: $10
At the door: $12
For more info please contact Noam at
To purchase tickets in advance please call Eran at 617.216.4879 or email

Traverse the deserts of the Middle East, the mountains of northern India, and the warm waters of the Mediterranean with Eliyahu Sills and his Qadim Ensemble. The group and their music bring ancient musical traditions to a contemporary audience, allowing for a musical dialogue between the different cultures. The group performs instrumental pieces as well as songs with words in Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, Turkish, Farsi and Ladino.

Qadim is a word found both in Hebrew and Arabic meaning “ancient past” and “that which precedes” as well as “forward movement” and “that which will come.” The band is aptly named as their ancient and timeless music bridges cultures from throughout the near east, such as Mizrakhi, Sephardic and Ashkenazi, with Arabic, Turkish, Persian and north Indian.…

Chazzan Abraham Lopes Cardozo Dead at 92

Chazzan Abraham Lopes Cardozo z”l died February 21 at around 3am. He had been hospitalized for several days with breathing difficulties. Abraham Lopes Cardozo was born in Amsterdam, Holland on September 27, 1914. He was the great-grandson of the Chief Rabbi in Amsterdam and the son of the choir director of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue there. He came to his American post in 1946 and served Congregation Shearith Israel in New York for over 40 years. Cardozo’s recordings from 1959 were recently rereleased in time for the celebration of the 350th anniversary of Jews in America, and reviewed by this website:

He was a made a Knight in the Order of Orange Nassau by Queen Beatrix of Holland on June 7, 2000.
Two years ago the Chazzan celebrated his 90th birthday in Amsterdam.…

Duo46 perform Aires de Sefarad in San Rafael

Violinist Beth Ilana Schneider-Gould and guitarist Dr. Matt Gould, better
known as Duo46,will perform “Aires de Sefarad” by award winning compsoer Jorge
on Saturday ,February 4, 2006 at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael
California .The 46 Sephardic song cycle, about an hour of of music, is based on
500 year old Jewish folk Music from the Mediterranean. The concert will begin
at 8:00pm with remarks by the composer. For tickets call (415) 444-8000 or
visit For information about the artists ,visit website

The Jewish Music Forum and The Center for Jewish History Lecture

The Jewish Music Forum and The Center for Jewish History
are pleased to present

Professor Mark Kligman
(Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion)

Friday, April 8, 10 AM
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street

“Beyond Yiddishland: New Studies from the Jewish Musical Mediterranean”

The music of Sephardi Jewish communities is a diverse and complex
cultural phenomenon. Spanning the Mediterranean from the Western
Sephardic communities of Spain and Portugal to North Africa, the Ottoman
Empire and the Levant, the Sephardi world encompasses a vast geographic,
cultural and linguistic space. This presentation will offer a broad
overview of the development of academic scholarship on Western and
Middle Eastern Sephardi musical traditions. Using extensive audio
examples, Professor Kligman will demonstrate the stylistic and cultural
diversity across Mediterranean Jewish communities, past and present.…

20th Annual Jewish Music Festival Berkeley California

March 19- April 3, 2005
The largest festival of Jewish music in the US celebrates its landmark
anniversary in Berkeley, San Francisco and Marin. Highlights include
members of Israel’s East West Ensemble with the Omar Faruk Tekbilek
, Theodore Bikel with Hankus Netsky, the Klezmatics with Joshua Nelson, Community Music Day with an Instrument Petting Zoo, Hebrew hip-hop, and workshops for all ages; Judith Cohen, a leading scholar of Sephardic music, and Emil Zrihan, an extraordinary Israeli counter-tenor and cantor of the Moroccan tradition in a sneak preview of a new work with America’s leading, San Francisco based new music string quartet.
Tickets and Info: 415-276-1511 or
15% discount for groups of 10 and more.
A project of the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center…

Duo 46 at Florida State University

Guitarist Matt Gould and violinist Beth Ilana Schneider, Duo 46 will be part of the annual Festival “7 Days of Opening Nights” at Florida State University Feb. 21-24. Highlights for this concert include the U.S. premieres of Jorge Liderman’s Aires de Sefarad, a work comprised of 46 variations for violina nd guitar based on Sephardic music Spain, and Makam, a work influenced by traditional Turkish music by Karl Korte.
The concert will take place at the Opperman Music Hall at Florida State University, Feb. 23 at 8pm. For information call 850-644-4774 or visit FSU at For information about the artists and composers, vist Duo46

The Sultana Ensemble

Sunday, November 21, 2004. Centenniel Celebration Sunday, Family Sephardic Festival ? Celebrate 350, A Special Collaboration with Congregation Shearith Israel. The Jewish Museum, New York City, 1109 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY, 10126, tel: 212-423-3271 FAX: 212-423-3232.

All day, all ages. General admission to The Jewish Museum is free in honor of the Museum?s centennial.

Sunday, November 21, 2004. 2 p.m. Ages 3 and up.

Concert: The Sultana Ensemble. Yoel Ben-Simhon and The Sultana Ensemble blend Mediterranean music, flamenco, and other sounds into a fascinating experience for the whole family. Dancers and drummers will captivate the audience with their spirited moves and infectious beats! Tickets: $12 per person; $10 Jewish Museum family members, Jewish Museum, New York, NY.

“Pearls and Rubies”: An Evening of Yiddish and Ladino Song”

Features the Sephardic music ensemble ALHAMBRA with mezzo Isabelle Ganz, baritone Elliot Z. Levine, Cantor Rebecca Joy Fletcher of Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation and pianist Sylvia Kahan will present familiar and unfamiliar solos, duets and trios in Judeo-Espanol and Yiddish on Thursday June 10th at 7:30 p.m. at Hebrew Tabernacle of Washington Heights, 551 Ft. Washington Avenue at 185th St. Tickets are $12/$7.50 for students. This event is part of the Washington Heights Arts Stroll program. It is made possible, in part, by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. For more information, go to

Ladino Music with Sarah Aroeste

Vocalist Sarah Aroeste and her band of some of the hottest musicians
combine traditional Ladino Mediterranean music with contemporary rock,
blues and jazz.
Center for Jewish History, NYC
Wednesday, June 2nd
7 PM
15 West 16th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Complimentary for contributors to the Jack Calderon Memorial Fund for
the Sephardic Arts
Tickets: $15 ($12 advance, seniors, students, and for members of ASF/SH
and Shearith Israel)
To make reservations: Box Office (917) 606-8200
or for information, call (212) 294-8350
For more information:

The Gerard Edery Ensemble

The Gerard Edery Ensemble will be presenting “Treasures of Sephardic Song” this Thursday evening, May 20, at Congregation Rodeph Sholom (7 West 83rd St., New York). The performance will begin at 7:30 PM and ticket prices range from $36 for preferred seating, $18 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. To reserve tickets or for more concert information please call 212-362-8800 x 8108.


The American Sephardi Federation with Sephardic House invites you to for I-TAL-YAH: SONGS FROM THE ‘ISLAND OF THE DIVINE DEW’ , AN ITALIAN JEWISH MUSICAL JOURNEY
Curated by Francesco Spagnolo and Directed by Leon Hyman

Saturday, May 15, 2004, at 9:30 PM
Congregation Shearith Israel
70th Street and Central Park West
A concert of Italian Jewish musical pieces from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, inspired by Baroque, operatic, choral and folk musical styles, and representing the richness of Italian Jewish cultural identity throughout the centuries.
For reservations, please call the American Sephardi Federation at
Light Italian dessert specialties will be served after the concert.
More info…

The curator, musicologist Francesco Spagnolo, is the founder of Yuval,
the Italian Center for the Study of Jewish Music.…