I can't believe I get to do this for work! Our first trip was such a success, that I am leading another trip with my Savor co-director Susan Barocas next spring 2024. Join us as we explore Roman Jewish culture and then sail the luxury Oceania Sirena to fabulous ports in the Mediterranean tasting and discovering the richness of Sephardic culture past and present. Join us! Click on the image below to learn more.
THIS! I've taken part of this summer off to work on writing. And I came across this note online about my recently published board book, Mazal Bueno!. THIS is exactly why we need diverse books for tots, and Jewish ones at that! So happy that my little book can generate big feelings of pride and joy. Stay tuned for big book announcements coming soon…
I might be known for my contemporary compositions and interpretations of Ladino music, but so much of what I do is influenced by the past. I was recently gifted some Ladino records of “traditional” songs, and am loving every minute listening to and getting lost in them. It's always inspirational to be infused with the past as I create for the future. Side note: happy to receive gifts life this anytime! 😉
I had the chance this month to take a little break and climb a mountain in Snowbird, Utah. What a blessing it was to get some perspective from that height! Look out for some new ways I'll be thinking about sharing Ladino culture in the months to come!
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!
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!