Songs of Love & Exile

Songs of Love & Exile

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

Dancer Israel Aloni joins singer Nela Trifkovic and the multi-instrumentalist mavericks of SARAY Iluminado for a mystical journey to the ancient Balkans. Be immersed in a wondrous time when spirits, goddesses, nymphs and archetypes roamed the Earth. Meet the Spirit of Songs; drift along the translucent Bosnian river-bands, through the ‘casbahs’; and arrive at the Adriatic tip of Herzegovina, where the Spirit of Joy and Suffering appears, smelling of home-brewed coffee and singing the most nostalgic tunes.

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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 Sevdah arr. SARAY Iluminado
Emina

Traditional Sevdah arr. SARAY Iluminado
Sto te nema (Why Aren’t You Here)

Traditional Sephardic arr. SARAY Iluminado
Los Bilbilikos – La Roza Enflorece (The Nightingales and the Blooming Rose)

Traditional Sevdah arr. SARAY Iluminado
Kafu mi draga ispeci (Brew Me Some Coffee My Love)

Traditional Sephardic arr. SARAY Iluminado
Dos Amantes Tengo La Mi Mama, A Kual Ke Me Tome Yo (Mother, I have Two Lovers, Which, Shall I Take)

Traditional Sephardic arr. SARAY Iluminado
Yo En La Prizion Tu En Las Flores (I am in Prison, You Among Flowers)

Traditional Sevdah arr. SARAY Iluminado
Meha Majka (Wedding Song of Young Meho)

Traditional Sephardic arr. SARAY Iluminado
De Edad de Kinze Anyos (From The Age of Fifteen)

Traditional Sevdah arr. SARAY Iluminado
Mehmed Pasa tri cara sluzio (Mehmed Pasa served three emperors)

Traditional Sephardic arr. SARAY Iluminado
Komo La Roza (Like a Rose)

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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