Sunday, November 1, 2015

Jewish Songlines: Judeo-Spanish & Yiddish Music

Michael Alpert of the United States and Esti Kenan-Ofri of Israel sing Judeo-Spanish and Yiddish songs common to the Jewish People; this took place at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (at University of California, Berkeley) on March 19, 2015.

UC Berkley describes the musical evening, which was a free public event, as follows:
A unique encounter between two world-class interpreters of Jewish musical traditions from Central and Eastern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
Esti Kenan Ofri teaches in the Department of Music at Bar Ilan University. She is a composer and a performer of Sephardic and Arabic music and dance, and a vocalist sought by some of the greatest composers of new music in our days, including Luciano Berio. She is currently a Schusterman Visiting Artist at UCLA.
Michael Alpert is a leading figure in the world scene of Jewish music, and a key figure in the revival of Yiddish song and the rise of Klezmer music since the 1970s. He has taught and lectured at universities worldwide, and performed internationally with Kapelye, David Krakauer, and Brave Old World.