SEPHARDIC MUSICAL JOURNEY
Taught by Susan Gaeta and Gina Sobel
Thursdays, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
5 Sessions, January 14 – February 11
Registration deadline: January 11
$149 ($129 for JxJ Donors of certain levels*)
An exploration of Sephardic music, from its roots to modern approaches that demonstrate the evolution of folk music. We’ll look at the life and music of Flory Jagoda as a lodestone, and will learn a few of her songs as well!
The class will include new and old recordings, video clips of Flory and other artists, and live performances by the co-teachers, Susan Gaeta and Gina Sobel. We will also discuss the Ladino language and its role in Sephardic music. This class is for everyone – musicians and music appreciators alike!
Vocalist and guitarist Susan Gaeta is an important member of a new generation of musicians who are exploring the rich and varied traditions of Sephardic music. Susan toured with legendary Sephardic singer Flory Jagoda, and in 2002, was selected to participate in The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) “Master-Apprentice” program as Flory’s apprentice. Susan is now a Master Artist with VFH, teaching and continuing Flory Jagoda’s work and taking on her own apprentice (Gina Sobel) in 2017. She is also a member of the acclaimed Sephardic group Trio Sefardi.
Gina Sobel is a natural improviser. A virtuoso on multiple instruments (flute, sax, voice), she exudes energy and excitement in her live performances and is sought after as a soloist with national and international performers. In her own music, Sobel combines diverse genres to unite elements of funk, jazz and American folk music into a fresh and compelling sound. In 2018, she completed both the Strathmore Artist in Residence program and the VFH “Master-Apprentice” program, where she studied Sephardic ballad singing with Susan Gaeta.
Together, Susan and Gina have a modern Sephardic fusion band called Minnush.