Trio Sefardi Concert at the Nautilus

April 11, 2019

Farfields Farm

40 Farfields Lane, Afton, VA. --- 6 PM

The Food & Community Project and Farfields Farm present:

An intimate concert with Trio Sefardi in the unique Nautilus Building on Farfields Farm



Trio Sefardi: Susan Gaeta – vocals/guitar, Tina Chancey – bowed strings, Howard Bass – lute/guitar

Visit an inspiring regenerative agriculture farm and learn about the music and food of Sephardic Jewish culture. As Passover approaches, we celebrate the stories of this particular community through a rare opportunity to sit in the stunning setting of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Afton – while enjoying an intimate listening experience with Trio Sefardi.

You are encouraged to arrive a bit early, so you can take in the view and wander through the beautiful medicinal herb gardens. Doors open at 6 PM, the event begins at 6:30 PM.

Celebrating traditional Sephardic Jewish music and foods, Susan Gaeta, Tina Chancey and Howard Bass will perform songs from Turkey and the Balkans, old and new Sephardic favorites on the customary topics of love and courtship, holiday fun, and – in particular – life’s journeys. They’ll feature one of their mentor Flory Jagoda’s most important songs, Sviraj Harmoniku (Play Your Accordion), composed when teen-age Flory fled Zagreb in 1941 in the wake of the Nazi occupation. The title song relates the story of how the Sephardim, exiled from Spain in 1492, took the keys from their homes and passed them through the generations, in hopes of someday returning. The program will include songs that connect with some traditional foods and beverages — eggplant, stuffed grape leaves, and rakí — some of which will be available at the post-concert reception! Help celebrate the release of Trio Sephardi’s newest CD, La Yave d’Espanya (The Key from Spain).

Seating is limited, so please reserve your spot at the link below. We suggest a donation of $20.00 for the musicians, though no one will be turned away as long as we have space to squeeze you in.


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This concert is inspired by Flory Jagoda, a remarkable woman and talented musician who has made it her life’s work to preserve the songs and stories of Sephardic culture. Known as the “keeper of the flame” for preserving the Ladino music of Sephardic Jews in the United States, Flory escaped the destruction of Sarajevo’s Jewish community, eventually arriving in the United States after World War II.   In 2001, Flory was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor the United States bestows on a traditional artist. She has been recognized as a critically important carrier of a unique musical heritage and also as a composer and arranger of new Sephardic songs. 

In 2002, Flory apprenticed gifted singer Susan Gaeta of Burke, Virginia, and now Susan and her Trio Sefardi continue the tradition of Flory’s songs and stories. Trio Sefardi has performed at the Kennedy Center, Washington Folk Festival the National Gallery of Art, and many other stellar venues. We are very lucky to have them coming to perform for us.


View from the Nautilus on Farfields Farm.

Sponsored by the Food & Community Project of Virginia Humanities and Farfields Farm

Questions? Email [email protected]

More on Trio Sefardi:

Trio Sefardi (Susan Gaeta, vocals/guitar; Tina Chancey, bowed strings; Howard Bass, lute/guitar) is dedicated to bringing the vibrant past into the living present and to continuing the musical traditions of those who created and sustained Sephardic song traditions over the centuries. The trio draws on experience in folk music and jazz (Susan), early music (Tina and Howard), and the influence of their mentor, the Bosnian-born Sephardic singer/composer Flory Jagoda, a 2002 National Heritage Fellowship honoree. Washington Post chief music critic Ann Midgette praised the group’s “lovely and luminous performance of Sephardic songs” in a review of a performance with the Post Classical Ensemble at the Kennedy Center.

The trio has performed twice on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, at the Center for Jewish History and the Greek Jewish Festival in New York City, at the National Gallery of Art, annually at the Washington Folk Festival, and at Lisner Auditorium as a featured group in the Washington Revels production, “Andalusian Treasures.” Spring 2019 performances include an appearance at the prestigious Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C., and a premiere of their new program, “La Nona Kanta: The Remarkable Life of Flory Jagoda,” a collaboration with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, in Hartford, Connecticut; this program will be repeated in Charlottesville on June 20.