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Sephardic Songs in Judeo-Spanish
Fifty hauntingly beautiful traditional and original Sephardic songs from the repertoire of Judy Frankel, internationally acclaimed concert artist/lecturer. Ms Frankel has brought her outstanding musicanship and intimate knowledge of Sephardic music to audiences world-wide. All selections appear with melody line, chords, transliterations, translations and annotations. A compact disc featuring 17 songs found in the book, is included.
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1. A la nana
2. A la una yo naci
3. Adio querida
4. Alta alta va la luna
5. Arvoles lloran por luvias
6. Arvolicos d'almendra
7. Avram avinu
8. Ay Sarica bre
9. Bendigamos
10. De boca del Dio
11. Durme hermo hijico
12. Durme hermoza donzella
13. Durme mi angelico
14. El anxugar
15. El decolte
16. El Dio alto
17. En la mar
18. Encanto mavi
19. Fiestaremos
20. Gerineldo
21. Hanuka
22. La comida la mañana
23. La donzella
24. La vida es un pasaje
25. Los bilbilicos
26. Me siento alegre
27. Mi caza
28. Morena
29. Morenica
30. Nanni hijo hermozo
31. O mis hermanos
32. Primavera en Salonico
33. Primo Rabi
34. Puncha la rosa
35. Rosa castilla
36. Sarajevo de oro
37. 'Scalerica De Oro
38. Shabat
39. Tres de la noche
40. Tres hermanicas
41. Una hija tiene el rey
42. Una mantica de ruda
43. Una matica de ruda
44. Una noche al lunar
45. Una pastora yo ami
46. Una tarde de verano
47. Yo m'enamori d'un aire
48. Yo s'un mancevo del dor
49. Yohay el chico

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Tresoro Sephardis (jfr-9804 -1998)

  1. Una Pastora Yo Ami (I Loved A Shepherdess) 3:00
  2. Arvolicos D'almendra (Almond Tree) 2:14
  3. Durme, Hermoza Donzella (Sleep, Beautiful Damsel) 3:16
  4. Los Bibilicos (3:25)
  5. Tres Hermanicas (4:50)
  6. La Vida Do Por El Raki (2:36)
  7. Puncha, Puncha
  8. A La Una (3:20)
  9. Una Mantica De Ruda (A Sprig Of Rue) 2:10
  10. UNA TARDE DE VERANO (4;25)
  11. UNA NOCHE AL LUNAR (4:03)
  12. LA COMIDA LA MAÑANA

"TRESOROS SEPHARDIS" is a compilation CD of traditional, secular Sephardic songs in Judeo-Spanish. The 12 tracks come fiom my three previously-recorded albums of this repertoire. The brief liner-notes are written in standard Spanish to help forge the historic connection between the Hispanic and Jewish cultures. The purpose of this recording is twofold: to introduce this genre of music before the Judeo-Spanish-speaking Sephardim throughout the world have all passed on. Their 500 year-old tradition of orally transmitting language and song, from generation to generation is rapidly dwindling. Hopefully, hearing these songs will awaken the listener's curiosity enough to lead him to seek out these tradition-bearers in order to hear this ancient dialect of spanish first-hand and to explore the recordings of Sephardic singers like Flory Jagoda, Henriette Azen, Los Pasharos etc.

The second reason for creating this album has to do with the Spanish Inquisition and the Crypto-Jews. Many Spanish Jews went into hiding during the 14th and 15th centruies in Spain, pretending to be Christians while continuing to practice Judiasm secretly. These Conversos (often and unfortunately referred to as marranos) tried desperately to follow Jewish customs, and to teach their children. Now, after more than 500 years, their (mostly Catholic) descendants are dispersed world-wide. With the current interest in geneology, many Hispanics are discovering that their ancestors were anusim. (The Hebrew word anusim, meaning ‘forced ones’, is more commonly used today than marranros, a Spanish word for ‘swine’.) Often after my concerts, a Spanish-speaking person will come up and tell me privately that he feels a mysterious connection with the Jewish people, later discovering that his ancestors had actually been Spanish Jews or anusim!

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'Scalerica De Oro (Stairway Of Gold) (Global Village Music CD 146)

  1. Una Pastora Yo Ami (I Loved A Shepherdess) 3:00
  2. Morenica (Dark Beauty) 2:22
  3. Arvoles Lloran (Trees Cry) 4:53
  4. Tres De La Noche (Three O'clock In The Morning) 2:03
  5. 'Scalerica De Oro (Stairway Of Gold) 2:34
  6. Durme, Hermoza Donzella (Sleep, Beautiful Damsel) 3:16
  7. Yo S'un Mancevo Del Dor (I Am A Modern Young Man) 2:33
  8. Me Siento Alegre (I Am Happy) 3:59
  9. Arvolicos D'almendra (Almond Tree) 2:14
  10. Una Mantica De Ruda (A Sprig Of Rue) 2:10
  11. En La Mar (Out To Sea) 2:57
  12. Adio, Querida (Goodbye, Beloved) 3:35

The Musicians:
Fred Coury--def. tambourine, hand clapping
Marc Fero--dumbek, tambourine
Judy Frankel--vocals, guitar, hand clapping
Gerry Tenney--bouzouki, guitar, mandolin

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Sephardic Songs Of Love And Hope (1992 Global Village Music CD 157)

  1. Los Bibilicos (3:25)
  2. Tres Hermanicas (4:50)
  3. Alta, Alta Va La Luna (3:46)
  4. Puncha La Rosa (5:47)
  5. La Vida Do Por El Raki (2:36)
  6. Bendigamos (3:55)
  7. A La Una (3:20)
  8. El Dio Alto (1:32)
  9. Morena (3:13)
  10. O Mis Hermanos (6:55)
  11. Fiestaremos (3:45)
  12. Avram Avinu (3:30)

Most of these songs were taught to me in Oral Tradition by Sephardies now living in the United States. Pronunciation differs among singers, and there seems to be no universally accepted system of spelling Ladino. Que= ke / y=i / fijo=hijo=ijo, etc. With all due respect. I have attempted a somewhat more unified system here.

Linguistic Consultants: Esther Alksuli, Rachel Amado Bortnick, Renee Coval, Sara Levy, Esther Levy, Professor Joseph Morel Jak and Kamelya Suhami.

This album is dedicated to Gillord M. Bradbury.

The Musicians:
John Bilezikiian: oud, dumbek, tambourine, mandolin. zils;
Judy Frankel: vocals, guitar, palmas;
Gordon Lustig: many guitars

Arranged and produced by Judy Frankel and Gordon Lustig * Producer for Global Village Music: Michael Schlesinger * Graphic Design Marla Supnick * Photo: © 1992 Rena Varon Down * Recorded by Rick Cunha at The Rainbow Garage, Van Nuys, CA *1992 Global Music

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Judy Frankel
P.O.Box 470515
San Francisco, CA 94147-0515
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Silver & Gold (1997 Judy Frankel)

  1. UNA TARDE DE VERANO (4;25)
  2. AY SARICA BRE (3:49)
  3. YO M'ENAMORI D'UN AIRE (2:54)
  4. EL DECOLTÉ (1:58)
  5. UNA MATICA DE RUDA (3:27)
  6. LA VIDA ES UN PASAJE (4:10)
  7. SARAJEVO DE ORO (4:56)
  8. UNA NOCHE AL LUNAR (4:03)
  9. GERINELDO (4:16)
  10. LA DONZELLA (4:08)
  11. HANUKA (2:52)
  12. DE BOCA DEL DIO (1:14)
  13. LA COMIDA LA MAÑANA
  14. SHABAT (4:40)

The Musicians:
John Bilezikjian-oud, mandolin,violin,dumbek, tamborine
Judy Frankel--vocals, guitar
Gordon Lustig--many guitars

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