Sing my Beloved: Festival and Life Cycle Songs of Sephardic Jews
Tuesday 13th December
8pm Horfield Quaker Meeting, 300 Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol BS7 8PD
£3 DAVAR members & concs
If you are interested in other cultures, looking for some new songs to sing or you simply love music, this talk will reveal the enchanted world of the Sephardi song tradition which despite repeated forecasts of its imminent demise, is enjoying an unexpected revival as part of the World Music scene. Hilary Pomeroy will talk about how these sung poems evolved in the Sephardic communities of Morocco and the Ottoman Empire, the rituals surrounding them, why they live on today & how their new popularity has affected their performance and the songs themselves. She will be playing some wonderful recordings.
A big welcome back to Dr Hilary Pomeroy – last heard in Bristol, to popular acclaim, before Los Desterrados at St George’s. She is a cultural historian who specializes in all things Sephardic especially the Judeo-Spanish ballad. Hilary regularly collaborates with luminary singers and musicians, including Lucie Skeaping & the Burning Bush, Los Pasharos Sephardis (from Turkey) and Yasmin Levy. Her publications include a study of ballads from Morocco, The Sephardic Ballad Notebook of Halia Isaac Cohen, and contributions to The Rough Guide to Music.
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