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Rachel Bluwstein , the prolific romantic poet, captured the spirit of the second Aliya and expressed the values of the Hebrew Yishuv.
Her poems and subsequent melodies expressed the urgency of the Zionist dream,the mystical connection to Eretz Israel, the embrace of a new national language,and the tender and painful experience of women pioneers. These poems have been put to music by virtually every major composer in Israel and many of them are now part of the standard Israel repertoire.
The program recounts Rachel’s journey as reflected in her poems set to music and her enchantment with Eretz Israel.  We will closely examine a few of Rachel,s poems and follow up by examining their respective musical renditions.

Please join us to another exciting show at

Berkeley Hillel
2736 Bancroft Way,
Berkeley, CA 94704
Saturday, February 21st
Show: 8:00pm Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: Sliding scale $15-$25

Students: $10 (with a student ID

Flyer – Sephardic Flamenco Fusion – Hillel Berkeley

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.

 

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

 

University of Adelaide

Linguistics  and  Endangered  Languages  present:

Vanishing  Voices: Traditional  Ladino  (Judeo-­

Spanish)  Music

 

Ladino,  a.k.a.  Judeo-­Español,  is  a  severely  endangered  Jewish  language   that  is  a  fusion  of  Castilian  Spanish  (15th  century)  and  Hebrew.  It  dates   from  the  Spanish  Expulsion  in  1492,  after  which  Ladino  became  a   vernacular  among  eastern  and  Mediterranean  Sephardi  Jews  and   constituted  a  major  part  of  their  literary  and  folksong  culture,  as  well  as  a   daily  spoken  language.      Rivka  Amado  and  band  present  a  night  in  the  Gardens  of  Spain:  music   from  the  lost  homeland  of  the  expelled  Jews.

Further  particulars:

Free  Entrance␣Gold  Coin  Donation  Welcome

Vanishing

 

We’re on the air! the Media Center will be broadcasting our show this Thursday on their channel 27 MC Studio Session show. Current dates:

Thu, Sep 20th 1:30am
Fri, Sep 21st 9:00pm
Sat, Sep 22nd 10:00pm

More dates are coming up- check their show schedule for additions. The Media Center also streams each channel as they broadcast it, so you can watch our show on your device of choice if you aren’t in the Bay Area.

Some of the tunes came out great, best we’ve done. We’re going to pull some favorites out as separate videos; more news when they’re available.

 

 

Daniel Perl concert

Time
Sunday, October 23 · 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Location
Temple Isaiah 
3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA

One in a series of concerts worldwide in Daniel’s memory….

Featuring performances by…

Vocolot (award-winning women’s a capella)
Gerry Tenney & the Lost Tribe (foot stompin’ bluegrass)
Rivka Amado (Ladino & Sephardic)
Michael Tobin (original folk rock)
Edo Castro (bassist/composer/recordin

g artist with Passion Star Records)
Robbie Dunbar (original folk rock)
Michael Gill & Friends (progressive) 

With Achi Ben Shalom, Katja Cooper, Doron Rotem, Joel Siegel, Callie Thomas

Plus special guests

Admission: free

Ladino, Hebrew & English Songs (ALADINO)

With Rivka Amado

Born in Israel in a Ladino-speaking home where she learned traditional melodies from her grandmother, Rivka dedicates much of her time researching Sephardic culture and performing traditional Ladino music. Rivka will mix historical narrative accounts of Sephardic culture as well as performing Hebrew and English songs in this holiday oriented performance.

Location:

JCC San Francisco

3200 CALIFORNIA STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118 • 415.292.1200

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Tuesday Sep 27, 2011

 

Member fee: $ 0.00

Non-member fee: $ 0.00

Sephardic women have been central in preserving and shaping Sephardic culture. Women created and preserved the ties to the Sephardic heritage through songs and stories. In spite of repeated uprooting they demonstrated an unshakable commitment to their faith and tradition. Come hear about Sephardic women and their significant heroic role in keeping the culture alive
Location: JCC Palo Alto, Friday April 15th at 9:30am-11am:

$5M, $10NM