Under ∆gean Moons
Music of the Spanish Jews of Rhodes and Salonika
Voice of the Turtle
The repertoire to which this recording is dedicated comes from the Sephardic musical traditions of the city of Salonika and the island of Rhodes, currently part of Greece. Voice of the Turtle follows the admirable and important precedent established in their previous recordings -- the utilization of authentic sources, i.e., field recordings of Sephardic Jews. The songs on this volume come from the collections of Kol Yisrael, and the National Sound Archives at the Jewish National and University Library in Jerusalem.
A wide panorama of musico-poetic genres in the repertoire are represented: lyric songs, coplas, and even romances, a challenging genre that few performing groups dare to approach. The inclusion of songs recently adapted from the surrounding culture (as recent as one or two generations ago), songs created by anonymous, forgotten members of the communities, as well as the uniqueness of some items, make this collection especially interesting.
About the Series
Voice of the Turtle has issued two series of recordings and begun a third.
First Series: Songs of the Sephardim. Five Volumes. Only Volume V, "Circle of Fire," is available on CD. All are available on cassette.
Second series: Paths of Exile. All five volumes are on cassette and CD.
Third series: Holiday Traditions: "A Different Night: A Passover Musical Anthology."
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