Interesting write up for those who missed the Time Out piece on our Sephardic Music Festival…this is what they wrote: “In 1942, Columbus sailed the ocean blue – and Spain and Portugal cast out their native Jews, now known as Sepharadim. Some of those exiled folks picked up Balkan rhythms and Middle Eastern percussion in their new homes, adding global influence to existing Sephardic sounds. This five-day fest focuses on that musical tradition and history, with a concert that fuses Iberian staples with tango, a story slam invoking diasporic trials and dozens of international bands and solo performers reinterpreting centuries-old folk tunes.” – Time Out
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You could now check out the official preview of our episode on Ovation TV which airs tonight! We had a great time with Ovation TV and they followed us around and filmed The Sephardic Music Festival in LA and Kosher In The Kitch for a brand new episode of “The Art Of”, all about the holidays. Catch the show at 10 ET/7 PT on Ovation TV. Click here to find out which channel Ovation is on in your area.
Today is the International Day of Ladino and if you are in NY you might have caught some Ladino at our Festival in NY and if you are in L.A. than you will be able to catch it at uCLADINO a symposium on the subject in collaboration with the first ever L.A. Sephardic Music Festival which will take place in March 2014 and will feature one of the most important contemporary Ladino songstresses, Sarah Aroeste herself. If you can’t wait till March, check out “Las Estrayas” which just hit youtube and “En Suenyo Te Vi” which was released a couple months ago and begins with Sarah singing in Ladino, “Anoche en durmiendo, Yo en suenyo te vi, Tu sunrisa tan dulse, Tus palavras a mi” which means, “Last night as I was sleeping, I saw you in my dreams, Your smile so sweet, Your words to me”.
Photos from our full festival are up! Check them out on our facebook page, here! We will see you all tonight at our big closing night party in NY for the 9th Sephardic Music Festival at Libation. Get your tickets now @ http://smfevents.com/party
Dear lovely people of Los Angeles, tonight is the Teaser event of the L.A. Sephardic Music Festival dubbed Balagan Salon. The full festival will hit L.A. for its first time in March, but this unforgettable evening will serve as a preview. For Tickets & Info go to http://smfevents.com/teaser
Note: Balagaon Salon, which takes place on the 7th night of Chanukah, will feature art; DJ | ART | ANDALUSIAN BELLY DANCING | SCULPTURE WORLD RHYTHMS | PROJECTIONS | TRIBAL MARKING | LIVE BAND (AUTOMATIC TOYS) | + OPEN WINE BAR sponsored by Le Soreq
+ gourmet latkes sampling from 7pm to 8pm by Nina Safar (Kosher in the Kitch) a regular on Celebrity blogger, Perez Hilton’s website.
Make your #GivingTuesday donation to the Sephardic Music Festival (SMF). We depend on people like you for the work that we do to increase interest in and awareness of Sephardic cultures, including Mizrahi, Yemenite, and Ladino traditions. SMF highlights the diversity that exists within the Sephardic branch of Jewish culture and history by showcasing today’s Sephardic musical talents, educators, and artists. Our mission is unifying people through culture and education, celebrating diversity and common ground. By way of this work, we add a public Jewish voice to multi-cultural, inter-faith, creative , and collaborative bridge-building. Donate here: http://bit.ly/13IsilK
Pinky Weitzman (viola) and Gregor Kitzis (violin) of The Church of Betty Globestra Rehearsing for their CD Release party @ Knitting Factory with Rashanim as part of our 9th Annual Sephardic Music Festival in NY! Catch them live December 4th. Get your tickets for this show now!
Don’t forget to catch opening night with Moshav (11/30), the closing night party at Libation (12/5) and of course all the incredible events in between!
Our Israelite Keffiyeh is a revolutionary utilitarian scarf accentuated by the Star of David in the center, while underlined with an Israel Chai on all four sides of the scarf. Highlighting the Semitic orient of this ancient people. It comes in the original blue and white, as well as black and white and army green.
GET THE SONGS NOW – Los Angeles based Producer, Diwon, drops a Chanukah EP with its opening track “Sivivon” that blends Moroccan singing with hip hop and dubstep that sounds like it’s from outer-space. The single, “Sivivon” (The Dreidel Song), features Cobe Jones rapping to the rhythms of Diwon’s synths inspired by traditional Jewish melodies and Yehuda Solomon of Moshav singing this classic Dreidel Chanukah song.
“Gonna Light” blends a high energy dance club feel with chopped and screwed vocals from multilingual hip-hop pioneer, Y-Love, one of the decade’s most dynamic artists and Sarah Aroeste, the international Sephardic Ladino songstress – imagine Spank Rock does the Hava Nagila with a Judeo-Spanish twist. The song is based around “Ma’oz Tzur” (Hebrew: מעוז צור), which is a Jewish liturgical poem. It is written in Hebrew, and is sung on the holiday of Chanukah after lighting the festival lights. The name is a reference to the C Hasmonean stronghold of Beth-zur. This Hebrew song is thought to have been written sometime in the 13th century.
Finally, “Dr. Dreidel” picks up where Diwon’s remix of “Mr. Rogers” left off – a golden age of hip hop sounding beats with a children’s sounding melody, this too features Yiddish players’ club street rapper Kosha Dillz and features Cobe Jones.
The opening night of the 9th Annual Sephardic Music Festival in NY will feature Moshav performing their unique brand of middle eastern and rock grooves like their “Abba Shimon” song which was featured on on Volume 1 of the Sephardic Music Festival CD Compilation.
- Get the CD Compilation
- Get Ticket to the show
(note: the video to the left is a teaser of their upcoming single, “World on Fire” featuring Matisyahu which will be released on the first night of Chanukah, Nov 27).
12/1/2013 SEPHARTANGO @ THE CENTER FOR JEWISH HISTORY (NY) 12/2/2013 SEPHARDIC STORY SLAM @ EASTVILLE COMEDY CLUB (NY) 12/3/2013 HAZZAN VICTOR ESSES & TAVCHE GRAVCHE @ THE SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE SYNAGOGUE (NY) 12/3/2013 BALAGAN SALON (SMF LA TEASER) @ VOILA! (LA) 12/4/2013 RASHANIM & CHURCH OF BETTY @ KNITTING FACTORY (NY) 12/5/2013 ISRAMERICA PARTY @ LIBATION (NY) 3/2/2014 SEPHARDIC WORLD ARTS DAY @ TBA DAYTIME (LA) 3/2/2014 YEMEN BLUES @ THE LUCKMAN (LA) 3/5/2014 ucLADINO @ UCLA (LA) 3/5/2014 SARAH AROESTE @ FOWLER (LA) 3/6/2014 ucLADINO @ UCLA (LA) 3/8/2014 ASAF AVIDAN @ THE LUCKMAN (LA)