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Me La Amargates Tú

Praised for its deeply musical interpretations and emotional performances, the ensemble Me La Amargates Tú is one of the leading Sephardic music ensembles in the world. Sephardic Jewish communities has preserved the Ladino language for centuries as well as their songs, keeping alive the memory of a culture that is now spread in many countries throughout the world. Me La Amargates Tú concentrates its efforts on historically informed performances of Sephardic and Spanish music, incorporating Ladino traditions with musical elements from Sephardic Jewish communities from Medieval Spain to the many countries around the world in which Sephardic Jews spread their culture and traditions.

The ensemble Me La Amargates Tú combines instruments of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, together with an assortment of folk instruments. The ensemble was created in The Netherlands during its members' studies of Informed Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.


Me la Amargates Tú performs numerous concerts around the world, including U.S.A., Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland, Germany, Greece and Israel.

The ensemble's first CD “Alma Vida Coraçón” was released by PAN records in February 2010.

 

Our new project "Scalerica de Oro" includes songs from both areas of the Sephardic diaspora: although the majority of the songs belong to the musical tradition of the communities of Turkey, Greece and other Balkan countries, it also presents songs representing the Sephardic communities of Northern Morocco. Not less important is that it comprises all the traditional genres that constitute the Judeo-Spanish musical repertoire, i.e. romances, coplas and cantigas as well as exponents of the Sephardic liturgy.


Our program offers a wide panorama of the Judeo-Spanish musico-poetic repertoire which this ensemble performs with the care and respect that this repertoire deserves.

"...That the music directly reached the hearts can be primarily attributed to the singer Esteban Manzano. With his warm and sensual voice, with which he managed to sing a wonderful piano, he knew how to expressively interpret the songs of both melancholic as well as lively dispositions. That the songs, which clearly resemble each other in complexion, do not become boring, despite being based on simple melodies in strophes, can be attributed not only to the beauty of the melodies or the singer's expressivity and variation skills, but also to the instrumental accompaniment. The excellent musicians Doret Florentin, Tulio Rondon, Sarah Ridy and Juan Martinez, who played the recorder, viol, harp and percussion respectively, made of every song a little delicacy. Nothing sounded like cheap folklore thanks to their imaginative and varied playing. The instrumental pieces, with villanellas and recercadas by medieval Spanish composers, were similarly performed with mastery. The public was grateful for this exploration in the world of Sepharadi songs and applauded repeatedly."
                                         - Musikfestspiele Postdam Sanssouci -