Aviva Chernick | La Serena

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La Serena

by Aviva Chernick

Traditional Sephardic folk melody and lyrics Original Chorus Music Joel Schwartz Original Chorus Lyrics arrangement and translation by Aviva Chernick and David Navarro
Genre: World: World Traditions
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Album Notes
I first heard this song played by Marcelo Moguilevsky of Klezmer Buenos Aires at the 2006 Ashkenaz Festival. I fell deeply in love — first with the melody, then with the story. After the show, Marcelo wrote the melody and lyrics on a cocktail napkin for me, launching over a decade-long exploration of this story and its music.

La Serena is a siren, a female being, according to Greek mythology, whose voice lures sailors to their death. This image of the female voice as a means to destruction is counter to my experience of this music, the cultural legacy from which it comes and, most importantly, of my own voice. How liberating it is to discover that the female voice can be many things, ferocious and wild, sensual and seductive, filled with grief, rage and joy, all with great potency and no need for destruction for anyone, most importantly the one letting the sound pour forth.



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