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What’s in a song?

Musicians from all over the world gather in the capital next week to perform Sephardi music from the 15th and 16th centuries.

Me la Amargates Tu
Photo by: GABRIELLE VAN DER WERF
Me la Amargates Tu, which will perform at the Jerusalem YMCA on June 7 as part of the Israel Festival, comprises six singers and instrumentalists, hailing from Argentina, Greece, Venezuela, England, Mexico and Israel. Making things even more cosmopolitan is that British-born harp player Sarah Ridy now resides in Belgium, Venezuelan viola da gamba player Tulio Rondon has relocated to the United States, and Greek-born recorder player Doret Florentin now lives in Israel.

The name of the ensemble, which will be performing Sephardi music from the 15th and 16th centuries, comes from a quote taken from a wellknown Ladino song, but also has a powerful Holocaust connection, notes Florentin, a native of Salonika.



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