Join us for an evening of great music and dance in an intimate style setting: 

Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703

Sunday, January 25th 
Show: 7:30pm, Doors: 7:00pm
Tickets: $10 (at the door)

Over the past twenty years, there has been a renaissance of interest in Sephardim—Jews who trace their roots to Spain, and their dramatic expulsion in 1492.  Jews from Israel and around the world have sought out their roots, begun to study Ladino, and embraced the traditional songs and piyutim of the Sephardim. It was all but inevitable that this quest would also lead them to Flamenco, the distinctive music of Southern Spain. 

Click for a taste from the show: http://youtu.be/Ph-oBqHLg8o

The program explores the connection between two musical traditions from Spain, Sephardic Ladino music and Flamenco/ gypsy music as they are expressed in combination of dance guitar, and singing. The two genres reflect the identities of dislocated cultures, that of the Sephardi Jews, and the musical heritage of the gypsies as it was embraced in Spain in the early nineteenth century. Both cultures have been subject to discrimination, persecution, and expulsion throughout the years and thus their suffering and cry for love and empathy is reflected in their music, as well as daily life, “fiestas” and coming together. They have turned to music to maintain their cultural heritage.

Thus, the fusion found in this performance is a type of home-coming. The performers are Israeli or lived in Israel for many years, and have studied and performed in Spain and the United States.  During this past year, they have blended their musical interests and expertise, and merged them into a true synthesis of these two dramatic traditions.

The result is Sephardic Flamenco Fusion.

For tickets info: zimra8@gmail.com
Vocals: Rivka Amado, born in Israel in a Sephardic family grew up listening to her grandmother singing ladino lullabies.  She has performed throughout the Bay Area, the East Coast, Australia, and Israel. She has lived in Berkeley since 2004.
rivkamusic.com
Dance: Hilit Maniv is an acclaimed flamenco dancer/choreographer. She was born in Israel, mastered Flamenco in Spain and for the past few years lives in California and dances in the Bay area best venues with Flamenco’s premiere artists. Hilit  creates traditional Flamenco with a touch of a modern flare.
hilitmaniv.com
Percussion: Katja Cooper studied Afro-Caribbean percussion in Amsterdam, Holland, and in Israel pursued a musical career as a performer, recording artist, workshop leader, and accompanist for modern dance companies. While based in Tel Aviv, she collaborated with artists from Brazil, Spain, North, West, and South Africa, as well as appearing regularly with top pop artists on Israeli National television and radio. She participated in music projects in Spain, Peru, Turkey, Holland, and a reunion concert/cd tour in Switzerland with WhiteFlag project which included the making of a documentary.
Since resettling in the SF Bay Area, Katja teaches at Tehiyah Day School while playing with Latin, Flamenco, Salsa, and liturgical Jewish Sephardic music projects.

 

Vocals: Rivka Amado

Dance: Hilit MAniv

Guitar: Itamar Shapira

Percussion: Katja Cooper

 

 

Vocals: Rivka Amado
Dance: Hilit Maniv
Guitar:Itamar Shapira
Percussion:Katja Cooper

Join us for an evening of great music and dance in an intimate style setting:

Chochmat HaLev
2215 Prince St, Berkeley

Sunday, December 7th
Show: 7pm,
Doors: 6:30pm
Tickets: $15

The program explores the connection between two musical traditions from Spain, Sephardic Ladino and Flamenco/ gypsy as they are expressed in dance, by the guitar, and in song. The two genres reflect the identities of dislocated cultures, that of the Sephardi Jews after their expulsion from Spain in the late fifteenth century, and the musical heritage of the gypsies as it was embraced in Spain in the early nineteenth century.
Both cultures have been subject to discrimination, persecution, and expulsion throughout the years and thus their suffering and cry for love and empathy is reflected in their music, as well as daily life, “fiestas” and coming together. They have turned to music to maintain their cultural heritage.

Vocals:
Rivka Amado, born in Israel in a Sephardic family grew up listening to her grandmother singing ladino lullabies. She has performed throughout the Bay Area, the East Coast, Australia, and Israel. She has lived in Berkeley since 2004.
rivkamusic.com

Dance:
Hilit Maniv is an acclaimed flamenco dancer/choreographer. She was born in Israel, mastered Flamenco in Spain and for the past few years lives in California and dances in the Bay area best venues with Flamenco’s premiere artists. Hilit creates traditional Flamenco with a touch of a modern flare.
hilitmaniv.com

Guitar:
Itamar Shapira is an acclaimed Flamenco guitarist visiting the Bay Area for a few months. Born and raised in Israel, Itamar has play with all Flamenco artists in Israel especially Remangar – The Israeli Flamenco Dance Company of Keren and Avner Pesach. This after studying Flamenco guitar in Seville , Spain for a few years.

https://www.facebook.com/itamarflamencoguitar

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1713857772173088/
For tickets info: zimra8@gmail.com

Israel Engagement Committee
invites you to a cabaret evening of
Israeli and Sephardic Music and Food
featuring
RIVKA AMADO
and THE BLUE HILLS BAND

Sunday, June 2, 2013
4:30PM Cuisine
5:30PM – 7:00PM Concert
Congregation B’nai Shalom
74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
Social Hall

 

RSVP before May 28, 2013, by calling Barbara at 925-934-9446
or directly via our web at http://bshalom.org
$18 for Members, $22 for Non- Members. Under 18 – Free
Tickets will be available at the door for $25

En la Mar Performed on Nov 12 2012  at Nexus Multicultral Centre, Adelaide, Australia., when I visited Australia. This clip was captured by an Ipad4 on one of the front tables.

Rivka Amado-Canter

Kat Stevens-Violin

Al Valodze-Guitar

Adrain Van Nunen-percussion