Words can't express what an amazing experience it was to take my new project, Savor, on the road - overseas! Beginning in Athens and ending in Istanbul, the two week adventure included hands-on cooking, singing, exploring and sharing with a beautiful group that I led along with Savor co-director, Chef Susan Barocas.
Here's just a little taste.
Stay tuned for information on trips being planned already for 2024!
My newest project, Savor, is out today! I couldn't be prouder of this project which pairs Ladino songs about food with recipes and cooking videos contributed by acclaimed female chefs who each works to promote and preserve Sephardic culture in her work. Curated with Chef Susan Barocas, Savor is a multi-sensory conversation between Sephardic music, food and history. It's an album, it's an interactive digital portal, and it's so much more!
Click below to learn more and take a taste today!
I spent this week in N. Macedonia participating in commemoration events for the 80th anniverasary of the deportation of the Jewish community there, including members of my my own family. What an honor it was to sing and remember, hand-in-hand with Macedonians, Israelis, Jews and allies. Never Again.
My continued work in the region is in full swing. Much more to come!
So many cultural groups have their own categories represented in the Grammy Awards. Why not have a category to showcase the breadth of Jewish music? Well, some music friends of mine started a petition to submit to the National Recording Academy, and they enlisted me to help out. Together, we're making waves! The initiative has been picked up far and wide - check it out!
New Year, New Program!
I'm thrilled to kick off the new year with a new LIVE program of my newest project with Sephardic chef Susan Barocas, Savor: A Sephardic Music and Food Experience. After working on this project remotely during the pandemic, we had our first in-person program this month! A group of 150 people sang, cooked, and learned about Sephardic history, music and culture together. It was a delicious, beautiful time.
Stay tuned for much more to come with Savor in the coming year!
What a fun way to end the year with Billboard listing my new Hanuka video as one of the best holiday songs of 2022!
Have you seen the video? You can watch it here:
Hanuka alegre to all!
Cruise of a Lifetime!
What a dream come true to see my newest project, Savor, come to life in the region where Sephardic music and food flourished! Join me and Chef Susan Barocas as we sail from Athens to Istanbul (stopping in Mykonos, Rhodes, Antalya, Bodrum and Ephesus) with a hands-on exploration of Sephardic music and food all along the way. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Click on the image below to learn more.
I am so excited to share the cover of my newest book, coming out on April 4, 2023. Mazal Bueno is a board book for young families celebrating the most delightful milestones in a baby's life. I can't wait for you to read it! You can even pre-order it starting now!
The Birth of a New Year
Today I'm releasing a new video, close to my heart as a mother. While not a traditional Rosh Hashanah song, Oy Qui Muevi Mezis (Oh What Nine Months) is part of the Ladino repertoire of Kantigas de Parida (birth songs). It is a song about birth, life, community, and blessings - all themes central to the High Holy Days ahead. (Listen for the shofar call in the song!) May you find inspiration and reflection in this music, and may you all be inscribed in the book of life!
On to the Next!
After a whirlwind summer tour, I came back in August and got started right away on recording my newest project, Savor. I cannot wait for you to take a listen - and taste! - of this new record, which combines Ladino songs about food with recipes and demos from celebrated chefs. Thanks to my amazing production team of Shai Bachar and Marko Gurkan at Kicha Studios in Tel Aviv, and a cameo by these little missies here, you all are in for a treat!! Release info coming soon...