Event type: All Ages / Licensed
Formed in 2006, London, Ontario’s award-winning The Light of East Ensemble has an extensive body of work rooted in the many lands of the Near and Middle East, and it performs this enchanting music with passion, sensitivity and respect. The current LoEE lineup spotlights the talents of seven stellar professional artists from diverse backgrounds: • Mary Ashton (violin, harp) • Jedd House (contra basso) • Tracey Atin (vocals) • Jana Starling (clarinet, accordion) • Kareem El Tyeb (percussion) • Quincy Doenges (percussion) • Panayiotis Giannarapis (oud, bouzouki, baglama, tzoura, nay).
This special TD Sunfest concert celebrates the release of the band’s third album, “Sephardic Heart,” which was recorded a year ago during a live performance at London’s Procunier Hall.
LoEE vocalist Tracey Atin recalls: “About 10 years ago I went to London, England for a master class in Yiddish music. While I was there, exploring my Ashkenazi roots, I attended a class in Sephardic music. It blew me away! Here was this heartfelt Latin-sounding music and it was Jewish! The Carmen (the celebrated femme fatale in Bizet’s opera of the same name) I’ve always yearned to be was here in my own tradition. So, although my grandparents came from a shtetl (little town) near Warsaw, Poland, I am convinced that my ancestors were part of the Jewish communities that flourished in Europe and the Mediterranean Basin after the Jews were expelled in 1492. Their language, called Ladino, is primarily 15th century Spanish influenced by the various cultures of the diaspora. The Sephardic repertoire is full of passionate love songs, poignant lullabies, fascinating history lessons – and admonitions on proper Jewish behaviour! Our selections from the ‘Sephardic Heart’ feel exotic and strangely familiar at the same time. I love them. I hope you will too!”
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Cutoff is Saturday, November 23, 2019 4:59 pm EST unless it sells out earlier.