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).
We are extremely excited to announce the 9th Sephardic Music Festival which will take place in NYC this Chanukah, Nov 30th – 5th. We will also be producing a hot teaser event Dec 3rd in L.A. Much respect to our incredible graphic designer, Shmoo for the slick poster!
THE 9TH NY SEPHARDIC MUSIC FESTIVAL SCHEDULE BELOW:
November 30 @ Cong. B’nai Jacob, Moshav will perform their unique brand of middle eastern and rock grooves like their “Abba Shimon” song which was featured on on Volume 1 of the festivals CD Compilation. (buy tickets)
December 1 @ the Center for Jewish History, Sephartango kicks off the festival with Sephardic songs set to tango and fused with classics. (buy tickets)
December 2 @ Lolita Bar, The Sephardic Story Slam is back! Join us as storytellers, actors, poets, writers, comedians and other doe-eyed hopefuls from far and wide try their hand to take home the most coveted prize of all time: the legacy of being crowned: “Story Slam Champion.”
December 3 @ the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, Hazzan Victor Esses and his oud will perform pizmonim & bakashot of Syria and Egypt. Tavche Gravche brings forth a fresh take on traditional Balkan tunes, as well as evocative originals by the group’s members. (buy tickets)
December 4 @ Knitting Factory, Rashanim join The Church of Betty Globestra as The Church celebrates its CD Release Party with the festival. (buy tickets)
December 5 @ Libation, ISRAMERICA and SMF are back with the BIGGEST and BRIGHTEST Hanukkah event of the YEAR! The 2nd Annual Hanukkah BASH at Libation with over 600 exclusive guests comprised of young Jewish professionals and Israeli artists in all genres and mediums are expected! (buy tickets)
NOTE: For festival go’ers who will be in Los Angeles for the holidays, SMF will be producing their teaser event in L.A. dubbed, Balagan Salon. The event is tantalizing preview of the full festival, which will take place in and around Los Angeles in early March. The Salon, which takes place on the 7th night of Chanukah, will feature art, sculpture, storytelling, projections and Andalusian belly dancing, plus a chance to make the art personal through tribal marker tattoos. The party will be fueled by world rhythms spun by renowned DJ’s, as well as an open wine bar sponsored by Le Soreqand complimentary gourmet latkes by Nina Safar (aka Kosher in the Kitch, a regular on Perez Hilton’s Celebrity blogger). (buy tickets)
* Additional info on this event could be found at http://smfevent.com/teaser
ISRAMERICA and SMF are back with the BIGGEST and BRIGHTEST Hanukkah event of the YEAR! The 2nd Annual Hanukkah BASH at Libation with over 600 exclusive guests comprised of young Jewish professionals and Israeli artists in all genres and mediums are expected!
*Hanukkah Premium Sweet & Chocolates *Dessert Bar with Sufganiyot *Pitopia Falfel *Sushi * Gifts and Giveaways all night!
ISRAEL VIP-Hanukkah Bash, An Exclusive Hanukkah Celebration!
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)