Experience the haunting and wonderful music of the Sephardic Jewish tradition with the highly acclaimed masterful musicians of Trio-Sefardi—Howard Bass, Tina Chancy and Susan Gaeta. See Trio Sefardi on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx5tKZX42Cs
Trio Sefardi is a confluence of three performers who share a love of, and a wide-ranging experience with Sephardic music, playing with La Rondinella, the Western Wind, and National Heritage Fellowship winner Flory Jagoda. Group members combine a respect for tradition with a creative approach to arranging and scoring dedicated to bringing the vibrant past into the living present.
The Sefardim, the Jews of Spain, lived on the Iberian Peninsula for fifteen centuries. Expelled in 1492 by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, the Sefardim settled in North Africa, the Middle East, France, Italy, and parts of northern Europe, but were welcomed most warmly in the Ottoman Empire. In exile the Sefardim maintained their language, Ladino, and their oral culture. Songs were passed down through the generation, usually by women, and new songs were composed about love, loss, daily life, holidays, and history.
Storyteller Noa Baum
Noa Baum is an award-winning storyteller, educator and public speaker performing internationally with diverse audiences ranging from the World Bank and prestigious universities and congregations, to festivals, government agencies, schools, and detention centers.
Born and raised in Jerusalem Noa offers a unique combination of performance art and practical workshops that focus on the power of stories to heal across the divides of identity and build bridges for peace.
Her stories, drawn from diverse cultures, her own Jewish heritage and personal experience, highlight our similarities, celebrate our differences, and encourage curiosity, awareness, and acceptance.
See Noa Baum on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBBmLCBqj9Y