MINNUSH--Bringing Sephardic Music Into The Now! This will be a very special show! These guys are close to my heart, as I co-produced a collection of Sephardic songs with Susan Gaeta a while back.
She has subsequently brought the music further into altogether new territories with a new and vibrant new group, Minnush.
I heard them in DC a few months ago, and simply fell in love with the presence, the journey, the grooves, the musicianship and the charming ebullience with which they honor and present this fabulous music of the Spanish Jewish people who became the Ladino speaking Sephardim of the Balkan States.
Minnush plays living Sephardic music, yes...but there is so much more. They incorporate contemporary influences and give traditional songs new life featuring improvisation, storytelling and virtuosic musicianship by members
Susan Gaeta, Gina Sobel, Trevor Pietsch and Kevin Johnson.
The group had its beginnings in Gina’s Virginia Folklife apprenticeship to
Susan, who was apprenticed to the great Flory Jagoda ten years earlier. It grew out of an urge to do what folk music has always done
– to naturally incorporate new influences and reflect the world around
it. In this way, Minnush adds elements of American folk and jazz,
while shedding light on the immigration and refugee stories that the
songs carry. Minnush is serious, joyful, forward moving and eminently
Susan's Website: www.susangaeta.com
Gina's Website: www.ginasobel.com