PRESENTS A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO FLORY JAGODA
Minnush, a fresh and innovative ensemble dedicated to contemporary Sephardic music pays homage to the life and legacy of Flory Jagoda, the National Heritage Award-winning, Bosnian-born Sephardic singer and composer, who passed away earlier this year.
Minnush incorporate contemporary influences and give traditional songs new life featuring improvisation, storytelling and virtuosic musicianship by members Susan Gaeta, Gina Sobel, Trevor Pietsch, and Kevin Johnson.
The group had its beginnings in Sobel’s Virginia Folklife apprenticeship to Gaeta, who was herself apprenticed to the great Flory Jagoda ten years earlier. It grew out of an urge to do what folk music has always done – to naturally incorporate new influences and reflect the world around it. In this way, Minnush adds elements of American folk and jazz, while shedding light on the immigration and refugee stories that the songs carry. Minnush is serious, joyful, forward moving, and eminently fresh.