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
Israel. Woven in between the songs are travel stories, kabalistic
interpretations, and personal anecdotes of the life and culture, out
of which grew the fruit of the Sephardic music.

The Yuval Ron Ensemble unites the sacred musical traditions of
Judaism, Sufism (Islamic mystical tradition) and the Christian
Armenian Church into an unusual musical celebration. Bringing
together artists from Arabic, Jewish and Christian ancestry the Yuval
Ron Ensemble is dedicated to fostering an understanding of Middle
Eastern cultures and religions

In April of 2008, the Ensemble was invited to headline the benefit
concert for “Seeds of Compassion” – the Dalai Lama’s conference – in
Seattle, WA. In 2002 and 2005, the ensemble was featured at the
World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles and was honored to be
the first American-based Middle Eastern Ensemble to perform at an
International Peace Festival ’05 in South Korea. In addition, the
Ensemble was chosen by the Mid-Atlantic Foundation and the National
Endowment for the Arts to represent the United States and its
cultural diversity at the International Folk Music Festival in
Lublin, Poland in 2005. In 2006 the Ensemble was the first to
introduce the music of the Middle East to Chihuahua, Mexico at the
International Chihuahua Festival, and in 2007 it was featured in the
International Oud Festival in Jerusalem, Israel.

Composer and Oud master Yuval Ron works across different media and
styles, actively seeking new forms of interchange and collaboration
between musicians and other artists. His compositions have served as
soundtracks for television programs and films such as Oliver Twist
(UPN Network) and To Life (a CBS special), to dance works with the
innovative dancer/choreographer Oguri (with music from these
collaborations recorded on two CDs, In Between the Heartbeat and In
The Shadows), to concert works for chorus, orchestra, and cello. He
has also served as an impresario, helping to organize concerts at the
UCLA Hammer Museum highlighting the diversity of musical styles to be
found in the Los Angeles area.

But for many, Yuval is known for his deeply moving pan-Middle Eastern
music. This group at once unites the music and peoples of the Middle
East, incorporating elements of Armenian, Levantine, Arabic, Bedouin,
Sephardic, and other stylings to create a fusion that is at once
deeply traditional and still boldly innovative. His recordings
include One and One Truth (with renowned Turkish Sufi musician Omar
Faruk Tekbilek), Under the Olive Tree: Sacred Music of the Middle
East, featuring the spectacular young Arabic singer, Najwa Gibran and
most recently Tree of Life also featuring Najwa Gibran.