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New Voice in Ladino Music: A Conversation with Sarah Aroeste

Sarah Aroeste, inspired by her family’s Sephardic roots in Greece and Macedonia, has spent the last 10 years bringing her contemporary style of original and traditional Ladino music to audiences around the world. American born and trained in classical opera at Westminster Choir College and Yale University, Aroeste became drawn to her Sephardic musical past after spending a summer in 1997 performing at the Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv. Aroeste has worked tirelessly to keep Ladino music alive for a new generation. Her style, whether with her original music or with interpreting Ladino folk repertoire, combines traditional Mediterranean Sephardic sounds with contemporary influences such as rock, funk jazz and blues.

Ms. Aroeste will demonstrate some of her music and speak about her work in conversation with Professor Devin Naar, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and History at the University of Washington.  Dr. Naar is a European Jewish historian with an emphasis in Sephardic history, specifically Salonica.

Visit the New Voices in World Jewish Music page to learn more about Sarah Aroeste and other artists in this series.

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