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Isabelle Ganz
Jenny Luna
Adam Good
Rami El Aasser
Rayhan Pasternak

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Performance at Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish Portuguese Synagogue,
8 West 70th Street, New York City 10023.
Established in 1654, this was the first Jewish congregation in North America.

The Greek/Jewish Festival,
280 Broome Street, New York City

The Syracuse Jewish Music Festival in Syracuse, New York
The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center

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The Joy of Judeo-Spanish Music

Click here to listen to Music by Alhambra

ALHAMBRA was founded by Dr. Isabelle Ganz in 1981. Based in New York, the ensemble has toured Andalusia, the British Isles (including London’s Purcell Room and Almeida Theatre), Quebec, Bogota, performed at the Quincentennial Celebration in Istanbul, The First International Festival of Jewish Art Music in Vilnius, Lithuania, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and at colleges, community centers and folk festivals throughout the U.S. They have appeared in Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall, for the World Music Institute, and the Jewish Museum in New York, the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Smith College, Hunter College, and the Eastman School of Music among many other venues. The ensemble won first prize in the Jewish performing arts competition and was a finalist in the concert artists’ guild competition, both held in New York. Three CD’s of Judeo-Spanish music recorded by Alhambra are available for sale. Alhambra is in the process of recording its 4th CD. Your generous support through the IndieGogo fund raising campaign will help speed the process through Alhambra’s IndieGogo. www.alhambragroup.com



Michael Hess Alhambra  
Michael Hess playing the Qanun,
Brooklyn, March 2013
Alhambhra performs with Azsmara


ALHAMBRA’S virtuoso performers create exciting arrangements of Judeo-Spanish wedding music, love songs, and instrumental dances on the oud, classical guitar, accordion, violin, flute, shawm, dumbek (middle-eastern drum), riq, def and bendir.

Isabelle Ganz

Isabelle Ganz

An international performing and recording artists and one of the pioneers in the performance of Sephardic music, ISABELLE GANZ and her New York-based ensemble, ALHAMBRA, have produced three CDs of Judeo-Spanish music. Her first recording, with THE BROKEN CONSORT, was recorded in 1980, one of the earliest recordings in the field. In 1997 Ganz received a Fulbright Grant to research Sephardic music at the Jewish Music Research Centre of Hebrew University and to teach Voice and Contemporary Music at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. She also received a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the 1992-93 season. She has appeared as vocal soloist with symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the world, including the Seattle Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Portland, Maine Symphony and the Slovak Radio Orchestra. Ms. Ganz has premiered numerous works, including Ryoanji by John Cage, which was composed for her and for percussionist Michael Pugliese and recorded by them for MODE RECORDS.

Ganz has performed in Milan, Amsterdam, Paris, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and in England, Germany, Luxembourg, Canada and throughout the U.S. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice and Music Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student of the late Jan DeGaetani. She has been a Cantorial Soloist in synagogues, both Reform and Conservative, in Munich, Amsterdam, Canada and the U.S. As a composer, Ms. Ganz has been published by Boosey and Hawkes, Transcontinental Music Publishers and Shalshelet. She has recorded for Mode, Leonarda, Master Musicians Collective, Spectrum, Opus One, Tecnosaga (Songs of the Gershwins) Prestige/International, Global Village Music and Aulos/Koch/Schwann. Ms. Ganz is listed in the International Who’s Who in Music.

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Jenny Luna

Jenny LunaJenny Luna’s interests span a wide array of musical genres. She grew up listening to the music of her bi-lingual cultural backround: Bachata, Merengue and Mariachi, but has studied both classical and jazz vocal styles. In college she was exposed to Balkan and Eastern music and has now evolved into a singer of Turkish and Balkan, as well as Sephardic music. She performs primarily with Dolunay, a trio performing Rumeli urban folk music of the Turkish people throughout the Balkans. Jenny holds a B.A. in Contemporary Music with a focus on Vocal Performance from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Rami El Aasser

RamiPercussionist RAMI EL AASSER performs worldwide on middle-eastern instruments such as the tabla, darbukah, riq (tamborine), def (frame drum), and bendir. He has studied, performed and recorded with many groups and several percussion masters including Anistar, Raquy Danziger, Said el Artists, Hamish Henkish and Ashraf Essam el Din in Egypt, the Radyo Istanbul Orkestra an dthe Cafe Artesia Ensemble. Mr. El Aasser studied at the Gallatin School at New York University and received B.S. degrees in both Music Performance and International Studies from Northwestern University.

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Adam Good

oud/classical guitar www.adamgood.com

Adam GoodAdam is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. With a foundation in jazz guitar, his interest in the music of Eastern Europe and Turkey began in the mid-90s. His facility on the Turkish oud, Macedonian tambura and guitar, as well as his knowledge of the Turkish makam, have made Adam a fixture in New York’s Balkan and Middle Eastern music scenes. He performs regularly with the ensembles Sherita, Dolunay, Pontic Firebird, and with clarinet master Souren Baronian’s ensemble, Taksim. His CD entitled “Dances of Macedonia and the Balkans” features several of his folk compositions as well as familiar works. Adam lives in Brooklyn and teaches in the New York City area.

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Rayhan PasternakRayhan is a violin graduate of the Stolyarskly Music School in Odessa, Ukraine. She received her BM degree in musicology from the State Conservatory in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and taught music literature, theory and harmony at the music college in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. Until 1994 she lived in Moscow and served as a music coordinator for amateur music performers. After immigrating to the U.S. she studied creative arts therapy (CAT program) at the New School in New York City, specializing in music therapy. Rayhan lives in Fairfield, CT, where she teaches violin, voice, piano and music theory. She conducts the Congregation Beth El choir and teaches Jewish folk dancing at the High School for Judaic Studies in Bridgeport, CT. www.linkedin.com/pub/rayhan-pasternak

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