Wow! What a way to start the new Jewish year! Today I received an award from the Jewish media outlet, Alma., for my album, Monastir, which one BEST JEWISH ALBUM of the year! I truly am so honored. Thanks to everyone who has supported this project this past year. More meaningful work to come in 5782!
The last time I performed on an actual stage, in front of a live audience, was March 7, 2020 - until this weekend! What an immense amount of joy and healing for my soul it was to be able to sing - IN PERSON - in New York City with my music partner, Shai Bachar. I have enjoyed Zooming throughout the past year+, but there's nothing like performing in person. Thanks to The Museum of Jewish Heritage and to everyone who came out to the theater- and here's to hoping live performances can continue in the weeks and months ahead!
After 18 months of not traveling (due to COVID-19), I finally had the chance to go on a 3-week whirlwind tour to work on The Monastir Project in Macedonia and Israel. What an experience! I sang in the Jewish streets of Monastir and recorded with Israeli superstar, Yehoram Gaon - and so much more!! It was a trip of a lifetime, and I can't wait to share more about it all in the coming months...
My new album, Monastir, is here!! I couldn't be prouder of this work- it brought together over 30 musicians from 5 countries, in 3 languages, all to celebrate the once-vibrant Sephardic community of Monastir. It is truly a dream come true of mine to see this album come to fruition. Please take a listen and share today.
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.