Susan Gaeta and Gina Sobel in concert

December 6, 2018

The Mansion at Strathmore

10701 Rockville Pike North Bethesda, MD 20852-3224

7:30pm, $20

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Susan Gaeta, former apprentice to Flory Jagoda in the tradition of Sephardic Ballad Singing, has become a master and is apprenticing singer and songwriter Gina Sobel. The musicians photographed at Sobel’s Charlottesville home on 10/5/17.
Pat Jarrett/The Virginia Folklife Program

Master Sephardic ballad singer Susan Gaeta accompanies her Virginia Folklife program apprentice, multi-instrumentalist and Strathmore Artist in Residence alum Gina Sobel, for an evening of historic ballads and romances passed down through the centuries via the oral tradition. These songs were originally performed by women as they carried out their household duties. Gaeta has mastered the traditional singing style of this unique musical heritage, which she performs along with new compositions from National Heritage Fellow Flory Jagoda. Together, Gaeta and Sobel are carrying on Jagoda’s legacy and bringing this ancient tradition into the modern age.

Sephardic music originated among Jews in premedieval Spain and picked up influences from Portugal, Yugoslavia, Greece, and Turkey after they were forced into exile in the 1400s. Sobel defies categorization. Leader of both a jazz quartet (the Sobel 4tet) and a rock band (Gina Sobel and the Mighty Fine), she is equally proficient on flute, voice, sax, and guitar.