Our weekend with artist-in-residence Gerard Edery will explore multiple aspects of the Sephardic oral tradition and the exotic musical synergies between Christians, Arabs and Jews from Medieval Spain to the present.
- Gerard will join us for Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday evening followed by a Sephardic dinner. Please make your reservation by noon on Tuesday, April 1, by calling the office at 773.752.2770 or emailing [email protected]
- He will do a D'var Torah on Shabbat morning and then speak at lunch on the topic, "Sephardic Songs in Global Liturgy: Crossing Boundaries as Often as Crossing Borders." Gerard will take us on a journey, exploring the permeable boundaries between the melodies of the street (popular, folk music) and those of the Synagogue, Church, or Mosque, using Spain’s Golden Age as a template. In a spirit of tolerance and cultural sustainability, some of the most enriching cultural exchanges in human history took place during this fertile time.
- Then Saturday evening he will perform a concert following Havdalah at which Cantor Rachel Rosenberg's band, Shakshuka, will also appear. Ticket information is on the concert webpage.
Born in Casablanca and raised in Paris and New York City, Gerard graduated from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music with Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in operatic performance. Widely regarded as a master singer and guitarist, Gerard has at his command a remarkable range of ethnic folk styles and traditions from around the world. A leading folklorist, he is one of the world's foremost experts in the music of the Sephardic Diaspora and a recipient of the Sephardic Musical Heritage Award and a Meet the Composer grant for his original songs.