Trio Sefardi, a northern Virginia-based ensemble, performs traditional songs of the Sephardim, the descendants of Jews exiled from Spain in 1492.
Their repertoire draws on the song traditions of Sephardic communities from the former Yugoslavia, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, and North Africa, with a special emphasis on traditional and original songs they learned from their mentor, Bosnian-born singer/composer and 2002 National Heritage awardee Flory Jagoda.
Members of the trio are Susan Gaeta (lead vocals, guitar), Tina Chancey (back-up vocals, viola da gamba, Renaissance violin, Pontic lyra, rebec), and Howard Bass, (lute, guitar). The group combines Susan’s extensive experience with jazz and folk music, Tina and Howard’s early music background, and the influence and inspiration that Susan and Howard derived from fifteen years of working and touring extensively with Flory Jagoda.
Hear songs sung in Judeo-Espanyol (commonly known as Ladino) that have been passed down through the generations as well as newer songs composed by Flory that celebrate the memory of now-lost communities of the Balkans.
Thursday, November 9 at 7:00 PM (Doors 6:30 PM), approximately 90 minutes with an intermission.