SOULS ON FIRE

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Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 3:00pm
Location: 
Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, CA
Three vital cultures inhabited Andalusia, Spain in the 12th – 15th centuries and each made an indelible impression on the region’s art and music. These three cultures lived side by side during the Golden Age of Spain in relative harmony until the infamous expulsion of the Jews and Gitanos (Roma, or Gypsies) in 1492. Souls on Fire will present the similarities, differences and the nexus of all three styles through text: Spanish, Ladino, and Arabic and through music that will take the audience on a sonic journey through the passion of Flamenco, the poetry of Sephardic and the rhythmic pulse of the Moorish. A world-class ensemble of musicians – each renowned in their own right - will combine the traditional sounds from the Golden Age of Spain with original compositions melding all three musical styles with virtuosic improvisation. Emotive vocals, flamenco dance and guitar, world-beat percussion and evocative violin and bass make this show a must see. Here the link to the FolkWorks article by Audrey Coleman on "Souls On Fire" - http://www.folkworks.org/current-column-display/40073-souls-on-fire Sunday January 30, 2011 3:00 PM Valley Beth Shalom 15739 Ventura Boulevard Encino, CA 91436 Admission: $15 in advance; $20 at the door For reservations, call Valley Beth Shalom (818) 788-6000. www.vbs.org
“Souls on Fire” concert on Sunday, it was scorching! A packed house watched a terrific band featuring the most amazing guitarist I’ve ever seen – Adam Del Monte, as well as the finest flamenco dancing this side of Madrid. It was simply, wow. We attended the Souls on Fire Program yesterday and friends that joined us wish to be on the mailing list for future programs, can you please add them to your list. Been to Seville - nothing better there! We all were thrilled by the program, Mr. Jimenz not only a music afficianado, supporter of the arts, but is Spanish Speaking, Ms. Jimenez was a student of Vocal Music, and my sister-in-law is a dancer who was thrilled by the Flamenco Dancing, as well as the music and vocals. We all look forward to many future programs. Great introduction to the fusion of cultures, still with us today. Loved Yale, Jeff and Elizabeth doing all kinds of different songs and music, mixing, blending in Yiddish,jazz. When can they come again? Rabbi Schulweis: "People keep telling me how wonderful it was - I wish we could have been there." People who weren't event there say how good it was! Soaring Flamenco performance by La Chimi, FOUR episodes - wow! Heart-wrenching vocals by Marisol Fuentes, unbelievable guitar by Adam Del Monte, and fabulous percussion by Geraldo Montes. What a troupe!