Songs in Ladino
Mark Levy

Romancero! The folk ballads and songs of the Sephardic Jews of Turkey, Greece, Morocco, and the Balkans are some of the most beautiful melodies in the Jewish tradition. We will trace their origins, and learn as many as time permits. Sheet music and recordings will be provided. This is an opportunity to learn many songs that are in danger of being lost to the Jewish community, as the carriers of this tradition are rapidly passing on.

Mark Levy has performed and taught on the east and west coasts for 25 years for temples, synagogues, JCC's, Lehrhaus Judaica, Elder Hostel, Workmen's Circle, and other Jewish groups. He has appeared throughout the country and abroad and is a singer and lecturer who specializes in older Judaic folk music in Yiddish, Hebrew, and Ladino, Klezmer history and theory, and Jewish music history in general. He has performed for Yeshiva University Sephardic Dept.'s Semana Sepharad in New York, and is a cantorial soloist in California. He recently released a fourth album of Jewish music entitled Bin Ikh Mir A Shnayderl: Yiddish Work Songs, in commemoration of the 100th birthday of Workmen's Circle, a fraternal order of Jewish workers and their families.