What’s in a song?

May 29, 2014 10:30

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

'Me la Amargates Tu'. (photo credit: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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