Sarah Aroeste: CD Release Party FT. OUDBLUES
Show Description"Sarah Aroeste takes Ladino tunes and updates them with loads of New York sass and edgy attitude."
-The Jerusalem Post
"Sarah Aroeste's sophomore album, Puertas, is an argument about Ladino music’s future."
"Sarah Aroeste is like a funkier, hipper Joan Baez of the Ladino world."
-The Rogovoy Report
International Ladino singer Sarah Aroeste travels the globe fusing both original and 15th-century Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) folk songs with her unique blend of rock, funk, jazz and blues. Along with music collaborator Shai Bachar and a world-class ensemble of musicians, Aroeste comes to Joe’s Pub to celebrate the release of her third album, Gracia—a detailed mix of feminist, experimental, rock-beat, retro-chic, Mediterranean-infused original Ladino songs.
With influences from around the world and right here at home, this Middle Eastern Balkan Blues Sextet is comprised of Oud, Upright Bass, Guitar, Saxophone, Trumpet, Percussion and Drumset. Fusing styles from the Gypsy mountains of Romania to the Saharan and Middle Eastern Desserts and back to the streets of Philadelphia, Oudblues takes you on a journey through the Diaspora and evolution of ancient music from the fertile crescent to the blues of modern life. The full group got together in March of 2007 and released its first EP in June 2009 at The Kimmel Center's Summer Solstice festival.
The Oud is a fretless, short-necked, pear-shaped, plucked lute of the Arab world, the direct ancestor of the European lute, mandolin and guitar. Oud's name derives from al-oud (the wood). There are 11 strings total: five pairs of strings on an oud, each pair tuned to the same pitch, and a single string which is lowest tone. According to Farabi, a Persian philosopher, the oud was invented by Lamak, the sixth grandson of Adam. The legend tells that the grieving Lamak hung the body of his dead son from a tree. The first oud was inspired by the shape of his son's bleached skeleton. This instrument was invented to express the sorrow of humanity.
Brian Nadav: Oud/Vocals
Jason Fraticelli: Upright Bass
John Thompson: Saxophone
Patrick Hughes: Trumpet
Shawn Hennessey: Percussion/Vocals
Tony Catastrophe: Drumset
Dion Paci: Guitar