Never in a *million* years did I ever imagine seeing a LADINO children's book sold at Walmart. Let alone, mine! We're making progress.
Today I listened to the final mixes of the album I've been working on all throughout the pandemic. It includes over 30 musicians from 5 countries, and I am *so* proud of the accomplishment. The release date has been set for June 25th, and I can't wait to share it with you. Stay tuned for teasers coming soon...
On this year's International Women's Day, I want to acknowledge one of my heroes - the great Dona Gracia Naci. I've written extensively in the past about my admiration for this 16th-century Sephardic woman who used her great wealth to save many fleeing Jews from the Spanish Inquisition. And now I want to share a song I wrote for her! "Gracia" is the title track of my 2012 album of the same name- an entire project I recorded inspired by the woman. This song in particular thanks Gracia and the countless other women who have done such important work to preserve our culture. I hope you'll agree that they deserve their due credit.
(And listen for a cameo by Gloria Steinem at the end!)
On January 29, 2021, the world lost one of the greatest Ladino singer/songwriters- Flory Jagoda. Her influence on me as another Ladino singer/songwriter cannot be overstated. So I wrote about it. I hope you'll read my short piece below get to know this remarkable woman. She was so much more than her famous song, Ocho Kandelikas.
To start of the new year, I'm releasing a brand new video! With film footage from 2018, Buen Shabat features Jewish and Latino communities singing, dancing and breaking bread. Let us all get to know our neighbors and celebrate together (even virtually) in 2021!!!
To learn more about how the video came about, watch this short mini-doc here.
As 2020 comes to a close, I want to share this beautiful project from Moment Magazine that I'm honored to be a part of! I joined a diverse group of musicians, scholars and music lovers to compile a rich array of music genres, evoking the breadth of Jewish culture and experience. And several #Ladino songs are included! Enjoy exploring and listening- your ears (and soul!) will surely enjoy the power of these Jewish and Jewish-inspired sounds.
I can't begin to express how heartwarming it was to have nearly 300 registrants for a Zoom program I recently hosted to learn about current projects in Monastir/Bitola that are working to preserve Jewish history there. Did you miss it? Here's the playback! For additional information, please visit my page on Monastir resources here.
A new season is here! A reminder for schools, synagogues, JCC's and all other cultural institutions: I'm available for virtual concerts and workshops on Ladino music/culture for a variety of age-groups and settings. Click image below to see a menu of virtual offerings, or feel free to contact me about possibilities!
Anyada buena, or happy new year! This beautiful piano recently came into my possession and I'm thrilled to get down to giving more concerts, writing new music, and having renewed creativity in the year to come. Thank you to all who have supported and followed me in the last year. Exciting new things ahead...
What strange times we're living through right now. I firmly believe we need to all wear masks and protect each other in our communities. But we can be loud and proud at the same time! Presenting my signature 'Ladino Rocks' face masks! Makes for a great conversation starter - and it keeps you and your loved ones safe with its two-layered, manufactured cotton. Only a limited supply available - get yours here today!