I heard them in Washington DC a few months ago, and simply fell in love with the presence, the journey, the grooves, the musicianship and the charming ebullience with which they honor and present this fabulous music of the Spanish Jewish people who became the Ladino speaking Sephardim of the Balkan States.
Gaeta and Sobel are both working to keep this style of folk art alive and relevant. The evening also included Trevor Pietsch on bass and Kevin Johnston on percussion. This ensemble of musicians created lively texture behind the music and gave it a more modern flair without diminishing the intention.
A couple of Virginia folksingers are working to keep alive the traditional art of Sephardic Ballad singing. WCVE’s Peter Solomon has more for Virginia Currents.