Press Highlights

Listening [to Monastir] reveals a panoply of styles, sounds, languages and vocalists, all impeccably arranged and produced. Read full review here

-Andrew Cronshaw, RootsWorld, 10/15/21

My Dear Monastir: A new album from Ladino singer Sarah Aroeste is a collaborative, loving homage to a once-vibrant Sephardic Jewish community in Macedonia. Read full article here

-Matt Alexander Hanson, Tablet 9/10/21

Alma. names Sarah Aroeste's Monastir the Best Jewish Album of the year. See winners here

-Alma. 9/9/21

There is quite some story and a lot of work behind this album. American-born Sarah Aroeste comes from a Sephardic Jewish family who, after having to leave Christianised Spain in 1492, settled in the Ottoman city of Monastir. Read full 4-star review here

-Simon Broughton, Songlines 9/3/21

Sarah Aroeste: Monastir — a prewar portrait of Jewish North Macedonia. The singer pays homage to a city which was once home to a thriving Jewish community with the help of Orthodox and Muslim musicians. Read full review here

-David Honigmann, Financial Times 8/20/21

Sarah Aroeste Uses the Power of Sephardic Music to Revitalize a Lost Jewish Community.  In her newest album, "Monastir," Aroeste offers a strong response to genocide — in Ladino. Read full article here

-Matt Hanson, Alma. 6/25/21  (reprinted in The Forward and JTA News)

Carol Hills interviews Sarah Aroeste on her newest recording, Monastir. Listen here

-PRI The World, 6/24/21

 The music created in the diasporas by immigrants who left their lands due to force or conflict or economic opportunity or even adventure is the greatest gift to the lands of destiny, and the selection of tunes we have for you is ample evidence of that! Listen here

-Catalina Maria Johnson, Beat Latino 6/20/21

Monastir, el nuevo disco de Sarah Aroeste: La aparición de un nuevo disco de música sefardí siempre es para festejar, es un nuevo documento en el que dejamos huella en la historia en este caso, la de los sefardíes. Listen here

-Radio Sefarad 6/20/21

Sarah Aroeste's New Album Evokes the Lost Jewish World of Monastir. Read here

 -Albert Stern, Berkshire Jewish Voice, 6/17/21

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