A Sephardic Soiree

Saray Illuminado


This intimate musical ritual of folk songs and stories celebrates the ancient times and the arrival of Sephardic Jews to the Balkans.

Drawing on mythology and folk tales, members of Saray Iluminado create an intricate emotional soundscape to transport its audience into the ancient lands of mermaids, unruly young lovers, and sorcerers. Journey through the taverns in which musicians, dancers and opium smokers sing and dance to songs of love and grief, hope and despair.

Supported by the Robert Salzer Foundation

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Saray Iluminado


Traditional Sephardic
La Serena
Los Bilbilikos
Madre Si Esto Hazina
Et Dodim
Yo En La Prizion, Tu En las Flores
Mi Korason
Yo M’Enamori Un Aire
Etz Harimon
Hija Mi Kerida
Alevanta Jaco
Una Hora En La Ventana


Nela Trifkovic, lead vocals, percussion
Ernie Gruner, violin, mandolin
Irine Vela, Cretan and continuental laouto
Kelly Dowall, ney flute, clarinet, percussion
Dan Witton, double bass, vocals


This production is part of the following series:


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