Songs of Hope and Homeland

SARAY Iluminado

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & SARAY Iluminado

Details

Drawing on folk song, tales and mythology, SARAY Iluminado sweeps you away to ancient cultures and distant shores.

In these curious realms, you are destined to meet colourful characters longing to tell you a story or two: from warriors and mermaids to talking fruits. Such are the delights of traditional Sevdah and Sephardic Jewish music. SARAY Iluminado shares the riches with us in its own imaginative style, binding the tales together through one supreme language: song.

About this concert

Singer Nela Trifkovic and SARAY Iluminado are joined by movement artist Israel Aloni for an enlightening look into the everyday traditions of Balkan and Sephardic cultures. Discover intimate rituals of movement and singing featuring little-known works from the Sevdah and Sephardic Jewish repertoire. These precious songs tell stories of hope, romance, unrequited love, family gatherings and, above all, the unquenchable thirst to find a homeland. Overlapping the borders of theatre, music, storytelling and dance, this beautifully crafted performance with the inimitable SARAY Iluminado is not to be missed.

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ARTISTS

SARAY Iluminado
Nela Trifkovic vocals/frame drum
Kelly Dowall ney flute/clarinet/frame drum
Ernie Gruner violin/mandolin
Irine Vela laouto
Dan Witton double bass/vocals

Israel Aloni movement

PROGRAM

Traditional Sephardic arr. SARAY Iluminado
Ir Me Kero Madre (Mother, I Want to Go)

Traditional Sephardic arr. SARAY Iluminado
Nanni Nanni (Nanna, Nanna)

Traditional Sevdah arr. SARAY Iluminado
Snijeg zapada na behar, na voće (Snow Falls on Fruits and Blossoms)

Traditional Sevdah arr. SARAY Iluminado
Telal Viče (The Town Crier’s Song)

Traditional Sephardic arr. SARAY Iluminado
En La Mar Hay Una Torre (The Tower Under the Sea)

Traditional Sevdah arr. SARAY Iluminado
Sejdefu Majka Budjaše (Mother Awakens Seydefa)

Traditional Sevdah arr. SARAY Iluminado
Mehemda Majka Budila (Mother Wakes Mehemed Up)

Traditional Sevdah arr. SARAY Iluminado
Imam Jednu želju (I Have a Wish)

Traditional Sephardic arr. SARAY Iluminado
Me Estas Mirando (You’re Looking At Me)

Traditional Sephardic arr. SARAY Iluminado
Mi Korazon Debajo de tu Ventana (My Heart Under Your Window)

Series

This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2021

Now in its tenth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.

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