Vocalist and paytanit Hadass Pal-Yarden reveals a musical treasure that remained unknown for over 100 years. About a decade ago, in the archives of EMI England, one of the world’s largest music companies, Ladino songs recorded in Thessaloniki and Sarejevo before World War I were found. Those recorded songs were performed by some of the finest Sephardic vocalists of the period.
These recordings were obtained by the Jewish Music Research Centre at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and were released this year following a complicated process of cleaning and digitizing, accompanied by detailed commentary by Dr. Rivka Havassy and Prof. Edwin Seroussi. Pal-Yarden has selected several of these songs and will perform them in new arrangements that preserve the spirit of voices reaching us from a distant time and place.
*The performance is produced by the Jewish Music Research Centre at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Hadass Pal-Yarden, musical direction, vocals; Yaniv Ovadia, baglama; Eliyahu Digmi, 1/4 guitar, oud, saz; Yoni Sharon, percussion; Amitay Mann, clarinet
Commentary: Prof. Edwin Seroussi
Photo of the 78rpm courtesy of EMI Archive Trust, London
Hadass Pal-Yarden. Photo: Muammer Yanmaz