Sat, January 2nd

The Elias Ladino Ensemble

world music TICKETS

Doors 7PM
Show 8PM
Advance Price $15
Door Price $20
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Ladino Lives


Since 1976, The Elias Ladino Ensemble has performed the songs of the Sephardic Jews in venues all over the world.  Many of the Jews who were expelled from Spain in the Inquisition relocated to the Ottoman Empire.  There they lived in insular communities, practicing their religion and speaking the Spanish language that they brought out of Spain.    Over the next 450 years this language evolved into the language we call Ladino, a distinct dialect spoken only by Sephardic  Jews.  Today Ladino is on the verge of extinction.  World War II saw the annihilation of the Spanish Jews in the Balkans; a way of life and a culture were given a death sentence.  

We learned these Songs from within the Sephardic Community, so we understand the connection that they had to everyday life.  There are songs of love and lust, drinking and disappointment.  Songs sung at weddings and songs for circumcisions.  There was a "Ladino soundtrack" for every aspect of life. Many of the songs date back to ancient Spain, while some reveal melodies and rhythms of the Balkan and Middle Eastern communities where we lived in exile.   In our hands, the music remains as vibrant as the community once was.
The Elias Ladino Ensemble has performed in festivals and concerts in Spain, Turkey, Israel, Canada and throughout North America.  

Daniel Elias (musical director ) is a founding member of the ensemble.  The grandson of Rabbi David Elias Cassorla and the son of Joe Elias, he has been performing Ladino music since the age of 15.    In 1991, he led the ensemble as it toured Spain at the invitation of the Spanish government in recognition of the 500th Anniversary of the expulsion of the Jews. The Ladino Ensemble provided music on the occasion of the rescission of the Edict of Expulsion.  He attended Binghamton University where he studied Greek clarinet and won a concerto competition. 

Maurice Sedacca (guitar and oud) is a descendant of the Sedacca family of Chanakale, Turkey.   He grew up surrounded by  Ladino songs.  His mother, Esther Sedacca, was a fine singer and his grandfather,  Haim Azar,  played the oud.  Maurice is also a founding member of the ensemble.   Inspired by Carlos Montoya and other Flamenco Greats, Maurice’s playing is influenced by jazz, gypsy, Middle Eastern and classical training.