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Noches, Noches: Sephardic Songs Of Love & Life


Saturday, October 20, 2012, 8PM at First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive
Sunday, October 21, 2012, 3PM at Congregation Agudas Achim, 7300 Hart Lane

General Admission: $25; $20 seniors 65+; $15 students with valid ID
$5 students (at the door only)
Tickets available online or by cash, check, or credit card at the door
Call (512) 377-6961 for more information or to reserve seats.

Sephardic music is beautiful and haunting, fun and poignant. TEMP’s performances of these songs and dances of love, jealousy, loss, flirtation, myth, and dreams have become one of Austin’s favorite occasions. Most of us have first-hand knowledge of the effects of love and its cousins, pain and jealousy, but to hear music and poems from the last 500 years deal with these emotions with excruciating yet simple beauty gives us the idea that our emotions aren’t so very different from those of the Sephardic exiles. There is much in the concert that is unique to the Sephardim, however, as TEMP performs traditional and also fairly modern Sephardic wedding songs from Turkey and Bosnia, songs about fantasy and myth that relate to pre- and post-Diaspora tradition, and songs about exile, still a large part of the Sephardic narrative after five centuries.

In TEMP’s luxurious and creative arrangements, soulful vocal solos and ensemble pieces explore this beautiful music, accompanied by the exotic textures of a hybrid Medieval/Middle Eastern instrumental ensemble, featuring vielle, rebec, oud, barbat, recorder, santur, and Medieval harp. The program will include some favorites from the TEMP Sephardic repertoire (“La serena,” “Puncha, puncha,” and the erotically charged title song “Noches, noches”) as well as many newly arranged songs and dances.
Visit the Night and Day CD page to listen to additional Sephardic audio samples and for purchasing information.

Special Guest Artists and TEMP Performers

International recorder player and Asian music specialist Annette Bauer will join us for this concert, as will the Bay Area’s Peter Maund, specialist in early and ethnic percussion. Austin’s popular Kamran Hooshmand, playing barbat (Persian oud) and santur and Houston’s Therese Honey (harp) will join Scott Horton, John Walters, Kit Robberson, and Jane Leggiero in the instrumental ensemble. Our singers are Stephanie Prewitt, Jenifer Thyssen, Cayla Cardiff, Steven Olivares, and Daniel Johnson. From the passionate and tragically forlorn aspects of love to songs and dances of fantasy and gaiety, this alluring musical genre will capture your imagination and captivate your heart.


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