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Jerusalem International Oud Festival 2011

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 25 December 2011

Moshe Morad introduces recordings made exclusively for World Routes at the 2011 Jerusalem International Oud Festival which took place in November. In today's programme there's a tribute to the so-called Queen of the Greek Blues, Rosa Eskenazi with musicians from Greece, Turkey and Israel. Plus the Petrakis-Lopez-Chemirani Trio, virtuosi musicians from Crete, Spain and Iran. Producer James Parkin.

In its 12th year, the Jerusalem International Oud Festival brings musicians and audiences from across the region together. Jews, Arabs, and groups from all denominations perform side by side.
Today's programme presents an opportunity to discover the music of Rosa Eskanzi, a colourful character who was born to a Ladino Jewish family in Istanbul at the end of the 19th century. Her adult life and career was spent in Greece where she was shunned by the conservative Jewish community of Thessaloniki, and went on to become the leading exponent of Rebetiko or the Greek Blues as its known. Famed also for rescuing Greek Jews during World War 2, she ended her life suffering from dementia and was buried in an unmarked grave. The Greek, Turkish and Jewish-Ladino roots of her music were represented at this tribute concert by female singers from each tradition.
In 2012, World Routes will feature more highlights from the festival including, amongst other things, the Kurdish singer Aynur from Turkey, Palestinian folk music from the West Bank, Classic Arab songs performed by an Egyptian-style orchestra from the Galilee, and one of the finest oud players in the world today, Taiseer Elias.

Music Played

10 items
  • BBC Location Recording

    • Image for Mümin Sesler

      Mümin Sesler Tou psara gios

      Composer: Trad Performers: various musicians led by Mumin Sesler

      Recorded by the BBC at the Jerusalem Theatre, 12th November 2011

    • Image for Mümin Sesler

      Mümin Sesler Una Hora (Kadifes)

      Composer: Trad Performers: Various musicians led by Mumin Sesler, Vocals by Yasmin Levy, Yiota Negka & Mehtap Demir

      Recorded by the BBC at the Jerusalem Theatre, 12th November 2011

    • Image for Mümin Sesler

      Mümin Sesler Pasatempos

      Composer: Trad Performers: Various musicians led by Mumin Sesler, Vocals by Yiota Negka

      Recorded by the BBC at the Jerusalem Theatre, 12th November 2011

    • Image for Mehtap Demir

      Mehtap Demir Smyrneiko Minore

      Composer: Marika Papagika Performers: Vrious musicians led by Mehtap Demir

      Recorded by the BBC at the Jerusalem Theatre, 12th November 2011

    • Image for Stelios Pertakis, Efren Lopez & Bijan Chemirani

      Stelios Pertakis, Efren Lopez & Bijan Chemirani Hortus Deliciarum

      Composer: Efren Lopez Performers: Stelios Pertakis, Efren Lopez & Bijan Chemirani

      Recorded by the BBC at the Jerusalem Theatre, 12th November 2011

    • Image for Stelios Pertakis, Efren Lopez & Bijan Chemirani

      Stelios Pertakis, Efren Lopez & Bijan Chemirani Ritzitiko Pentozalis

      Composer: Trad arr Stelios Petrakis Performers: Stelios Pertakis, Efren Lopez & Bijan Chemirani

      Recorded by the BBC at the Jerusalem Theatre, 12th November 2011

    • Image for Stelios Pertakis, Efren Lopez & Bijan Chemirani

      Stelios Pertakis, Efren Lopez & Bijan Chemirani Nanourisma

      Composer: Trad arr Stelios Petrakis Performers: Stelios Pertakis, Efren Lopez & Bijan Chemirani

      Recorded by the BBC at the Jerusalem Theatre, 12th November 2011

    • Image for Stelios Pertakis, Efren Lopez & Bijan Chemirani

      Stelios Pertakis, Efren Lopez & Bijan Chemirani Kopenista

      Composer: Efren Lopez Performers: Stelios Pertakis, Efren Lopez & Bijan Chemirani

      Recorded by the BBC at the Jerusalem Theatre, 12th November 2011

    • Image for Mümin Sesler

      Mümin Sesler Adio Kerida

      Composer: Trad Performers: Various musicians led by Mumin Sesler, Vocals by Yasmin Levy

      Recorded by the BBC at the Jerusalem Theatre, 12th November 2011

    • Image for Mümin Sesler

      Mümin Sesler Harklaki

      Composer: Trad Performers: Various musicians led by Mumin Sesler. Vocals by Yiota Negka & Mehtap Demir

      Recorded by the BBC at the Jerusalem Theatre, 12th November 2011

  • Jerusalem International Oud Festival 2011

    Jerusalem International Oud Festival 2011

    A tribute to Roza Eskenazy. In the foreground on the left, the Turkish singer Mehtap Demir, and on the right, the Greek singer Yiota Negka

  • The Turkish singer Mehtap Demir

    The Turkish singer Mehtap Demir

  • The audience at The Jerusalem Theatre enjoy the Tribute to Roza Eskenazy

    The audience at The Jerusalem Theatre enjoy the Tribute to Roza Eskenazy

  • Efran Lopez playing the hurdy gurdy

    Efran Lopez playing the hurdy gurdy

  • The Petrakis-Lopez-Chemirani Trio playing at the Khan Theatre, Jerusalem

    The Petrakis-Lopez-Chemirani Trio playing at the Khan Theatre, Jerusalem

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