BRATTLEBORO—The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents a concert of Sephardic Jewish music by Trio Sefardi on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Trio Sefardi’s repertoire includes music sung in Ladino from a variety of sources, including songs from Balkan and Turkish Jewish communities, as well as original songs and arrangements by Flory Jagoda, known as the “Keeper of the Flame” of Sephardic music.
In a recent review, Washington Post chief music critic Anne Midgette praised Trio Sefardi’s “lovely and luminous performance of Sephardic songs” and vocalist/guitarist Susan Gaeta’s “compelling” voice.
Gaeta has appeared at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Greater Washington Folk Arts Festival, the Holocaust Museum, and at historic concerts in Istanbul and Sarajevo. She lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for eight years, where she performed classic jazz and traditional Argentine folk songs.
Bowed string player and vocalist Tina Chancey directs the early and traditional music ensemble HESPERUS and plays multiple early and traditional bowed string instruments.
Chancey was awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts to present concerts at Carnegie Recital Hall and Kennedy Center. She is a member of Toss the Feathers and a former member of the Folger Consort and La Rondinella. In 2008, Chancey was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Early Music America.
Lute and guitar player Howard Bass was a founding member of La Rondinella and has performed and recorded with HESPERUS, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Folger Consort, the Baltimore Consort, and the Choral Arts Society of Washington. Bass and early music singer Barbara Hollinshead have recorded two albums of traditional lute songs and solos.