A Whole New Virtual World

Living in the new COVID-19 world has forced artists like me to move some of our performances online. While this has been challenging in so many ways, it has also been a delight for me to share screen time with…

New Book Out Today!

I am so thrilled that my new board book, Buen Shabat, Shabbat Shalom (Kar-Ben), is out today! 

It's Friday night. bueno, great! 
Let's get ready to celebrate! 

With a Ladino word introduced on each page, this multicultural board…

L'dor V'dor

Every chance I get to share my 102 year-old Holocaust-surviving cousin with my children is a blessing. From one generation to the next- l'dor v'dor in Hebrew. I brought my family to visit her today and she treated us to…

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The Monastir Project Launch!

Today is a day I have dreamed about for some time. After visiting and performing recently in my family's homeland, Monastir (now known as Bitola, Macedonia), I have been mulling an idea over that is finally coming to fruition. Today…

The Library of Congress!

What a thrilling experience it was to present a program of the Ladino music to a standing-room-only audience at the Library of Congress! I saw all walks of life in the hall, and so many new people became exposed to…

Remembering the Jews of Greece

One week from today I launch a brand new project that i've been working on for months. I'm so used to being engaged by programmers of Jewish venues and organizations, that it was especially exciting to be approached by the…

Keeping the Line Going

This week I had the joy of meeting the newest member of the Aresty/Aroeste clan!! Thinking about our family line always inspires me to write new music. I'm cooking something up. Stay tuned!

Inked

I don't have any tattoos, but if I were to get one, an image of my favorite place, Tanglewood, would be at the top of my wish list! I've been enjoying a temporary one as a reminder of where I…

Staying Local

For the first time in 18 years (yes that's how long I've been doing this!!) I declined several good gigs this summer because I just wanted to spend the summer with my family.  I love love performing, but I just…

Going Back in Time

I've just returned from a week in Iberia (Spain, Gibraltar, Portugal) performing and meeting with local Sephardic communities. But it was walking down the streets of my ancestors that impacted me the most. I could feel their presence along the…

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