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Sephardic Treasures: Alan Lewine and Ana Maria Ruimonte (WEBCAST)

May 1, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

The 1867 Sanctuary of Preservation New Jersey, in conjunction with Owlsong Productions (www.owlsong.com), present: Soprano Meets Bass: Sephardic Treasures, arranged and performed by Ana María Ruimonte, soprano and Alan Lewine, bass, previewing their forthcoming record on ANSONICA RECORDS in a LIVE WEBCAST: Friday, May 1, 2020, at 3 pm.

Arreglos y presentación por Ana María Ruimonte, soprano y Alan Lewine, contrabajo. Adelanto de su próximo lanzamiento discográfico por ANSONICA RECORDS: WEBCAST EN VIVO: Viernes, 1 de mayo, 2020 a las 9 pm en España

Click to download program.

Click on the image above to watch the webcast beginning 3 pm on Friday, May 1, 2020 (21:00 in Spain and 24:00 in Lithuania)! A recorded version will be available here after the concert. Download the full 23-page concert program here. This webcast is produced by Robert Bullington of Front Row Seat Productions (www.frsprod.com). If you have difficulty seeing the video on this page, please visit feedthemusiclivestream.com

PLEASE MAKE A DONATION of any amount using most any credit card by clicking on the Donate button above. Your charitable donation is important to sustain the non-profit 1867 Sanctuary while it is closed during the pandemic. At the request of the artists, a share of your donation for this concert will be also sent to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR, www.unhcr.org, ACNUR en Español). Thank you for your support!

Enjoy our bilingual presentation of Sephardic Treasures, previewing our new album scheduled for July on #Ansonica Records from #Parma.

Sephardic Treasures:  The Spanish Jewish communities of the Iberian peninsula date to before the arrival of Caesar more than 2000 years ago.  They thrived under Moorish Muslim rule until the Order of Expulsion in 1492 shortly after the reconquest of Spain by the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabel and the subsequent Sephardic Diaspora to North Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Europe and the Americas.  Tales of refugees and heroic women with the melodies and Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) lyrics intact, but reimagined in a modern fusion of Classical, Jazz, Flamenco and Middle Eastern music, Sephardic Treasures has been performed by soprano Ana María Ruimonte and bassist Alan Lewine throughout the US, Europe countries and Cuba.   A new album of these songs is pending release.   Soprano Meets Bass presents a program of Sephardic Treasures (described in one review as “legendary’) selected from secular songs originating in 12th to 15th Century Spain. The women of the Sephardic diaspora around the Mediterranean from Morocco to Palestine were the keepers of these songs.  These are tales of refugees and heroic women with the melodies and Ladino lyrics intact, but reimagined in a modern fusion of Classical, Jazz, Flamenco and Middle Eastern music.

This performance features special guest artists (as heard on the forthcoming record):
Con la colaboración de los músicos invitados incluidos en la grabación:
Hadar Noiberg (Israel/Brooklyn US) …. Flute
Chano Domínguez (Spain/Brooklyn US) … Piano
Duane Eubanks (Philadelphia, NYC US) … Trumpet
Alicia Svigals (Manhattan US) … Violin
Julián Vaquero (Spain) … Guitar, palmas
Víctor Monge (Spain) … Cajón, palmas, other percussion
Yonnie Dror (Israel) … Shofar
Shai Wetzer (Israel/Brooklyn US) … Drumset, palmas, other percussion

Soprano Meets Bass in the studio recording Sephardic Treasures. See the pre-release presentation presented by 1867 Sanctuary and Owlsong Productions with Alan and Ana María live and virtually accompanied by the great musicians they have on the record

Concert Program:

Las Cumadres Fechiceras
La Infanticida
El rey cuando Amadrugaba
Al pasar por Casablanca
En casa del rey León
Triste está el rey David
Maldiciendo el rey va la vientre
Tristes nuevas
Días de la Semana
Cantiga de cuna
El señor don Gato
Vido venir tres a caballo
Tres morillas de Jaén
La Tarara
Anda Jaleo

Ana María Ruimonte, born and raised in Madrid, Spain, is a classical singer experienced in roles as both soprano and mezzosoprano. She obtained her degree at Spain’s leading vocal conservatory, the Escuela Superior de Canto of Madrid in 2006, and studied further in Nuremberg, Philadelphia and New York.  She was a finalist at international competitions in Foggia, Italy and Classical Singer in the US.Ruimonte has appeared numerous times on Spanish National Radio (RNE). As a resident singer employed by Madrid’s Teatro Real (Royal Theater), she shared the stage with most of the biggest stars of the opera world, such as Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Montserrat Caballé and Dolora Zajick, appearing on CDs released by Deutsche Grammophon and other major labels.  She has also appeared on several major European DVD and BluRay releases and frequently on Soanish national television.  Later, she spent some years as a full-time tenured member of the National Chorus and Orchestra of Spain (OCNE) and toured the world with conductor Freiburg de Burgos, including appearances in 2009 at Lincoln Center in New York. Since relocating to the US in 2012, Ruimonte has released 4 CDs and performed in Havana and Santiago de Cuba and appeared on television and radio there, and has performed annually since 2016 as part of the International Festival Cubadisco.  Her multimedia program about life and music in 17th century Spain, The Cart of Love, has been honored with a featured performance at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, and other places around the world.With renowned bassist/arranger Alan Lewine and Soprano Meets Bass, she helped develop and sings the concerts 9 Centuries of Music in About An Hour and Sephardic Treasures.  They have performed these programs and others in Israel, Cuba, Spain, Be

Alan Lewine is a bassist and composer currently living in the Philadelphia region and the founder of Owlsong Productions. Lewine has performed and recorded all over the U.S., Europe and Latin America. Primarily a jazz musician, his influences and experience include all forms of music – medieval Sephardic to afropop as well as all styles of jazz and classical. Lewine began playing string bass in 1978. He studied piano as a child, and later studied composition and arranging. A self-taught bassist, Lewine learned from the mentorship of Milt Hinton early in his career. Other important bass mentors have been Ray Brown, John Clayton, Lynn Seaton, Leroy Vinnegar and Bruce Gertz. Lewine’s first recordings were released in the mid-1980s and have received excellent reviews. Lewine has worked with many of the great names in jazz over the years, including Eddie Daniels, Kenny Davern, Richie Cole, Joe Henderson, Clifford Jordan, Henry Threadgill, Vinnie Golia, Anita O’Day, Sheila Jordan, Mose Allison, Butch Miles, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Roy Hargrove, and old masters like Gus Johnson, Sweets Edison, Mickey Roker, Stephane Grapelli and many others. Lewine minored in music composition as an undergrad and has also studied traditional Ghanaian (Ewe) percussion and performed with Obo Addy and Balinese gamelan with I Nyoman Suadin, flamenco with Julián Vaquero and Victor Monge, and traditional country blues with Johnny Never.lgium, and the Netherlands as well as throughout the United States.


May 1, 2020
3:00 pm
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