The rich musical heritage of Sephardi Jews comprises, among other things, a variety of approaches to liturgical music and a plethora of centuries-old poems and songs that plumb the depths of the human experience. For composers of art music, Sephardi musical traditions constitute a deep well of both inspiration and source material. One such composer who’s frequently drawn from that well is Ofer Ben-Amots. In this podcast, Ben-Amots discusses his most recent Ladino song cycle, Kantigas Ulvidadas (Forgotten Songs), which is available on a new recording from the Milken Archive. Interview by Jeff Janeczko.
Date: October 20, 2015