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Sephardic Ensemble

Sephardic music has its roots in the musical traditions of the Jewish communities in medieval Spain and medieval Portugal. Since then, it has picked up influences from Morocco, Argentina, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, and the other places that Spanish and Portuguese Jews settled after their expulsion from Spain in 1492 and from Portugal in 1496.

Because so many centuries have passed since the expulsion, a lot of the original melodies have been lost.

Instead, Sephardic music has adopted the melodies and rhythms of the various countries where the Sephardim settled in. These song traditions spread from Spain to Morocco (the Western Tradition) and several parts of the Ottoman Empire (the Eastern Tradition) including Greece, Jerusalem, the Balkans and Egypt. The song traditions were studied and transcribed in the early twentieth century by a number of ethnomusicologists and scholars of medieval Hispanic literature.

Open for performers of one or more of the following instruments:

Voice, flute, guitar (classical and acoustic), percussion, violin, cello, viola da gamba, bass, clarinet, oboe, mandolin, recorder, etc. (basically any instrument that can be played acoustically)


Please prepare this tune (chords and melody): La Rosa Enflorece.
Be be ready to improvise a solo using the Am harmonic scale.

For percussionists: play a groove in 5/8 (3+2, 2+3) , 7/8 (2+2+3 and other permutations) 9/8 and create some “atmosphere” using hand percussion.