Trio Sefardi’s takes its audiences on a journey of discovery to the Sephardic communities that thrived in the Balkans, Turkey, and various places around the Mediterranean until the middle of the 20th century. With voices and instruments—including a variety of bowed and plucked strings and percussion—the trio brings to listeners a little-known Jewish culture that was already established on the Iberian Peninsula in Roman times.
Founded in January 2010, Trio Sefardi is a confluence of three performers who share a love of, and wide-ranging experience with Sephardic music, playing with La Rondinella, the Western Wind, and National Heritage Fellowship honoree Flory Jagoda. Washington Post chief music critic Ann Midgette praised the group’s “lovely and luminous performance of Sephardic songs” and vocalist Susan Gaeta’s voice as “compelling” in a review of a recent performance at the Kennedy Center with the Post-Classical Ensemble. Group members combine a respect for tradition with a creative approach to arranging and scoring dedicated to bringing the vibrant past into the living present.
Trio Sefardi’s first public performance was at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in November 2010, and they returned to the Millennium Stage in December 2016. The group has performed annually at the Washington Folk Festival, and has appeared at the Takoma Park Folk Festival, the National Gallery of Art, Southern Methodist University, the residence of the Spanish Ambassador, and many other Washington-area venues. In December 2011 they were featured performers in the Washington Revels production, “Andalusian Treasures,” at Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The trio released its first CD, Sefardic Celebration, in 2011, and their new recording, Kaminos, was released in Fall 2016.
Doors open at 7:00 and show starts at 8:00 PM
Concert Ticket Prices & Info:
All Tickets are General Admission
$15 in advance until 3:00 PM on the day of event
$20 at the door
Children: 12 years and below are free when accompanied by an adult
Tickets may be purchased in advance either online or by calling the Barns of Rose Hill Box Office at 540-955-2004 (Noon to 3:00 – Tuesday through Saturday). If you call when our Box Office is closed, please leave a message and we’ll return your call within 24 business hours. All sales are final. Exceptions for special circumstances may be made no later than 24 hours prior to performance.
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Howard Bass has performed throughout the United States as a soloist and has been a guest accompanist with vocal and instrumental ensembles throughout the Washington area and beyond. He is a member of Trio Sefardi and was a founding member of La Rondinella, with whom he recorded three CDs of Sephardic and Spanish music. He has also performed and recorded with HESPERUS, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Folger Consort, the Baltimore Consort, and the Choral Arts Society of Washington, among others. In addition to ongoing collaborations with mezzo-soprano Barbara Hollinshead, with whom he has recorded three albums of English and French Renaissance songs and lute solos, he has performed extensively and recorded with Sephardic singer/composer Flory Jagoda. At the end of 2010, Howard retired from the Smithsonian Institution, where he produced programs, festivals, and recordings at the National Museum of American History (1981-2001) and the National Museum of the American Indian (2002-2010).
Tina Chancey is director of HESPERUS. She plays medieval and traditional fiddles, viola da gamba and pardessus on roots music from Sephardic and Irish to Machaut and Joanie Mitchell. She is a former member of the Folger Consort, the Ensemble for Early Music, New York Renaissance Band, Blackmore’s Night and QUOG. Tina teaches, performs, improvises, produces recordings, composes and arranges, writes popular and scholarly articles, and directs SoundCatcher workshops on playing by ear and improvisation. She has been given a Special Education Achievement Award by Early Music America and four Wammies for best classical instrumentalist.
Susan Gaeta is an important member of a new generation of musicians who are exploring the rich and varied traditions of Sephardic music. Susan lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for eight years, where she performed classic jazz and traditional Argentine folk songs. Under the auspices of the 2002-2003 Folk Life Apprenticeship Program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Susan completed studies with National Heritage Fellow, Flory Jagoda, composer, singer and musician known as the “Keeper of the Flame” of Sephardic music. She has appeared at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, at the Washington Folk Festival, the Holocaust Museum, before numerous Jewish and inter-faith communities and in historic concerts in Istanbul and Sarajevo. She performs nationally as a soloist, as well as guest accompanist of Flory Jagoda and is a member of Trio Sefardi. Her recording, From Her Nona’s Drawer, traces the evolution of the authentic a cappella women’s Sephardic vocal tradition that Flory learned from her grandmother, to Susan’s interpretations of the composer’s more contemporary pieces.