2022 Humboldt Jewish Music & Culture Festival - Day 5

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Thursday, February 10, 2022  7:00 to 8:15 pm

Music of the Mediterranean: An Evening of Sephardic Songs


In this lecture-concert, Kira Weiss and Flor de Kanela will present a selection of Sephardic songs from the Mediterranean region, demonstrating the musical flows and circulations that have occurred around the Mediterranean since the 16th century. Come enjoy the sounds of lauta, 'ud, clarinet, cello, darbuka, and voice with songs from Greece to Morocco.

Flor de Kanela
Andrea Fishman has been involved in Middle-Eastern, Sephardic, and Balkan music, song and dance for over 30 years. She is a vocalist, percussionist, and kanunist, specializing in Sephardic Jewish music of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern music. She was a member of the AMAN International Music and Dance Ensemble, and has performed with various music ensembles in California, Chicago, Washington and Oregon. Andrea is the founder, director and vocalist of Flor de Kanela, a Santa Barbara Sephardic Jewish music ensemble. She teaches Sephardic singing at the Mendocino Middle-East Music and Dance Camp. Andrea holds a Ph.D. in Classics and is a Lecturer in the Comparative Literature department at UC Santa Barbara.
Kira Weiss is a graduate student in ethnomusicology at UC Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on the history of the cello in Eastern Arab art music (al-Musiqa al-‘Arabiyya) in MENA and the United States. Kira grew up in Humboldt County and earned her B.A. in Music and International Studies from Humboldt State University. While living in Humboldt, Kira performed with the Eureka Symphony as a section cellist, principal cellist, and soloist.
Eric Ederer is an ethnomusicologist and musician in Santa Barbara, specializing in music traditions of the Near East. In addition to teaching and composing in these, he is a sound archivist in the Special Research Collections department of the library at UCSB, and performs with the UCSB Middle East Ensemble, Kalinka, Flor de Kanela, and his own Makam Liberation Front, playing ud, cümbüs, lâvta, and other plucked string instruments (some of his own design).
Fred Nadis, clarinetist, was one of the founders of the Santa Barbara based klezmer group Kalinka thirteen years ago, which since has played at numerous festivals including the Live Oak Music Festival, Topanga Canyon Folk Festival, Ojai Earth Play Festival, Santa Barbara Earth Day, UCSB’s Noon World Music Series, and a Hanukkah celebration at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. In addition to playing clarinet with Flor de Kanela, Nadis has performed with the UCSB Middle Eastern Ensemble and with jazz groups in Santa Barbara. Decades ago, he played trumpet and tuba in alt-rock bands in New York City.
Sonia Fernandez began her explorations with Middle Eastern and Sephardic music by playing percussion with UCSB's Middle East Ensemble and occasional forays into bellydance. The experience ultimately took her to playing with Flor de Kanela and Makam Liberation Front. By day, she's a science writer for UCSB.

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Thursday, February 10, 2022  7:00 to 8:15 pm

Price: $18.00