Sarah Aroeste
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With Ancestral roots in Spain and Greece, American-born Sarah Aroeste works to reinvent Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) and Sephardic music for a new audience. Her style combines traditional Mediterranean Sephardic sounds with contemporary influences such as rock, funk, and blues. One of few Ladino artists today who writes her own music, Aroeste sings songs of such universal themes as family dynamics, unrequited love, loss, searching for home, going off to war, and much more. In the last decade, Aroeste has toured internationally and amassed a loyal following across the globe. She has released three recordings, A la Una: In the Beginning (2003), Puertas (2007), and most recently, Gracia (May 2012). Bringing a fresh and inspiring modern sound to Sephardic music, Sarah Aroeste’s Ladino Rock style has transformed and revitalized a tradition.


Gracia is Sarah Aroeste’s third album in Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), and includes many of her own original Ladino songs. Produced with Shai Bachar (Ishtar Alabina, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Sheila Jordan), the songs on Gracia (both the original ones and a few radically reinterpreted classic folksongs as well), are a mix of feminist, experimental, raw, rock-beat, energetic, empowering, electronic, retro-chic, Mediterranean-infused and fine-crafted, detailed sounds. In addition to a 16-piece string ensemble highlighted on many of the tracks, there are also special guest voices and featured artists including Vanessa Hidary (the Hebrew Mamita), Amos Hoffman (Avishai Cohen band), Roni Ivrin and Mark Kakon (Idan Raichel Band), Nir Graf (Noa, Rita, Shalom Hanoch), Oz Noy (Cyndi Lauper, Phoebe Snow, Bill Evans), Samuel Torres (Lila Downs, Arturo Sandoval) and many more. Altogether, Gracia is Aroeste’s most daring album yet and brings Ladino music one more step forward from the past into today.

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  • Members:
    Sarah Aroeste, Shai Bachar and various guest musicians
  • Sounds Like:
    Alabina, Ofra Haza, Yasmin Levy, Lhasa
  • Influences:
    Alabina, Ofra Haza, Noa, Yasmin Levy, Idan Raichel, Shakira, Lhasa, Lila Downs
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  • Profile Last Updated:
    06/08/18 12:48:06
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