The Hot List: May 1, 2003
Reviews by Matthew J. Forss
The Jewish and Middle Eastern sounds of Sefarad Records:
Gerard Edery/Adina L. Ruskin - Oigo: Sephardic music maestro Gerard teams with
Russian, Jewish, Argentinian and French lyricist Adina to honor some of Spain's
Gerard Edery Ensemble - Chansons d' Amour: Vocalist Cassandra Hoffman and Gerard
on vocals and classical guitar bring us French tunes recorded live at the French
Institute in New York City in 1996 and 1997.
Gerard Edery Ensemble - Sing To The Eternal: Various tunes steeped in Judaic prose
are performed from Morocco, Persia, Yugoslavia, Spain, Turkey and Portugal with
Gerard on saz, guitars and vocals.
Gerard Edery Ensemble - Morena: Complex musical compositions with percussion of
the Sephardic tradition are sung in Spanish, Hebrew, Ladino, French and Arabic
with Gerard and Cassandra Hoffman on vocals.
Gerard Edery Ensemble - Linda Amigo: The Sephardic music of Renaissance Spain is
performed on guitar with vocals by Gerard and Cassandra.
The Ivory Consort - Music In The Land Of Three Faiths: Founded by Jay Elfenbein,
the Ivory Consort produces medieval songs in Ladino, Arabic, Hebrew, Catalan,
Latin and Galician-Portugese from Spain in the 10th through 13th centuries.
Gerard Edery/George Mgrdichian - Romanzas Sefarditas: Spanish, Jewish, Turkish
and Egyptian folk tunes are performed on guitar and oud, respectively.
Bensoussan/Edery/Mizrahi - The Sons Of Sepharad: Three masters of Sephardic vocal
music explore songs in Turkish, Greek, Arabic, Ladino, English and Hebrew.