Monday, October 9, 2017

Sarah Aroeste Sings in Albuquerque!

Finally: Abq Jew is thrilled to confirm that internationally-known Ladino singer Sarah Aroeste will be with Albuquerque's Congregation Albert for Kabbalat Shabbat services this Friday, October 13.


This is, as the saying (Abq Jew seems to recall) once went, way cool.

Surely you, Abq Jew's loyal readers, will recall his most recent (OK, it was July 2012) write-up of Sarah Aroeste (see Laugh! Sing! Last Chance!). In which he quoted from Ms Aroeste's website:
Sarah Aroeste, inspired by her family's Sephardic roots in Greece and Macedonia, has spent the last 15 years bringing her contemporary style of original and traditional Ladino music to audiences around the world.  
Aroeste writes and sings in Ladino, the Judeo-Spanish dialect that originated by Spanish Jews after their expulsion from Spain in 1492. Those who left Spain, including Aroeste’s family, carried the medieval language with them to the various points where they later settled, primarily along the Mediterranean coast and North Africa. In time, Ladino came to absorb bits and pieces of languages all along the Mediterranean coast, including some Greek, Turkish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Hebrew, and more. 
This exotic pan-Mediterranean language has, unfortunately, been fading away. But the continued musical legacy of Spanish Jews highlights the strength of an oral tradition that spans many centuries and crosses many geographic boundaries. 
American born and trained in classical opera at Westminster Choir College and Yale University, Aroeste became drawn to her Sephardic musical past after spending a summer in 1997 performing at the Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv ....

So what's new? A trio of things.

First - newer albums.
In the last decade, Aroeste has amassed a large and loyal following across the US and abroad, and has been featured in both national and international press. 
To date, Sarah Aroeste has released five recordings, A la Una: In the Beginning (2003), Puertas (2007), Gracia (2012), Ora de Despertar (2016), the first all-original Ladino children's album, and ... 
 

Second - Ms Aroeste's most recent album, Together/Endjuntos, the recording of which was (partially) funded via a Hatchfund project, to which Abq Jew was happy to contribute.
The album includes 10 original songs with interwoven lyrics in English and Ladino that highlight holidays throughout the Hebrew calendar. There are songs for the Sabbath, Rosh Hashanah (the New Year), Sukkot (the harvest), Tu B'shvat (the Hebrew arbor day), Hanukah, Passover and much more. 
And there are musical styles for all tastes (bhangra, fiddle folk, merengue, French electro cabaret and more!) to show how universal Ladino is. This is music that can be enjoyed by all ages and that we hope will bring many people together.

Third - the New Mexico connection. About which Abq Jew had no idea. But about which you can read in (where else?) The New York Times.


 Which makes this a family visit - with music!
 The best of all worlds! Enjoy!

Monday, October 2, 2017

A New Milestone: תרי"ג Thousand

To Life! To Life! L'Chaim!  Sometime between the fastive Holiday of Yom Kippur and the festive Holiday of Sukkot, right around Rosh Hodesh October - this Abq Jew Blog achieved 613,000 All Time Page Views.


We achieved 500,000 All Time Page Views
on December 17, 2016 - about 10 months ago.

That's about 400 Page Views per Day.
Plus 4,600 Facebook Likes and 2,480 Twitter Followers.
Thank you!


613, according to our tradition,
is the number of mitzvot in the Torah.
613K in 7 blog years is a good number.


Even as sorrow and misfortune swirl all around us ... 


May we help all those we can ... in all the ways we can.
And may we celebrate the Holiday of Sukkot with joy.

On Sukkot we remember the brevity of our days, the fragility of our works,
and the eternity of our God. - Rabbi David Wolpe