The Gerard Edery Ensemble | Linda Amiga: Love Songs of the Sephardim and Renaissance Spain

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Linda Amiga: Love Songs of the Sephardim and Renaissance Spain

by The Gerard Edery Ensemble

Pure and powerful singing, exquisite percussion, and virtuoso guitar arrangements abound in this award-winning collection of Spanish Songs by The Gerard Edery Ensemble.
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1. Montañas Altas
5:16 album only
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2. Nani, Nani
3:47 album only
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3. No la Puso su Madre
2:26 album only
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4. A la Una Yo Naci
3:35 album only
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5. Avrij mi Galanika
2:59 album only
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6. La Sirena
3:48 album only
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7. Ay, Linda Amiga
2:07 /td> album only
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8. Tres Morillas
6:23 album only
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9. Aquella Mora Garrida
3:34 album only
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10. Mas Vale Trocar
3:31 album only
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11. En la Fuente
3:10 album only
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12. Rodrigo Martinez
3:24 album only

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LINDA AMIGA: Love Songs of the Sephardim and Renaissance Spain

Gerard Edery- Spanish Guitar and vocals
Cassandra Hoffman- Vocals
Rex Benincasa- Percussion


Pure and powerful singing, exquisite percussion, and virtuoso guitar arrangements abound in this beautiful collection of Spanish Songs by The Gerard Edery Ensemble. Gerard Edery was awarded the Sephardic Musical Heritage Award for this release and for his work in keeping the songs of the Sephardim alive through his many performances and recordings.

“In this collection of 12 songs from the Jewish and Christian sides of 15th and 16th century Spain, Edery’s dark baritone and Cassandra Hoffman’s soprano float over classical guitar arrangements. What seperates this material from both conventional art-song and authentic instrument performances are Rex Benincasa’s percussion and Edery’s delicate, multitracked guitar settings, echoing the Spanish classical and flamenco traditions. The songs themselves (lyrics and translations are included) are simple but haunting.” ACOUSTIC GUITAR (Hit List)

“Functioning in the obscure but captivatingly beautiful niche of Judeo-Spanish music, this New York-based trio performs Sephardic folk songs and music from Renaissance Spain in a sparse setting with classical guitar, light percussion, and the male-female vocal combination of Gerard Edery and Cassandra Hoffman. Singing in Spanish and Ladino - a Latin language closely related to Spanish - Edery and company offer such lovely Sephardic pieces as “Montanas Altas”, the entrancing “No la puso su madre”, and “Avrij mi Galanika.” Among the Spanish Renaissance tunes are “Linda Amiga”, “Aquella Mora Garrida”, and “En la Fuente”, all dating from the late 15th and early 16th centuries. A music steeped in cultural heritage and rich in tonal, harmonic, and lyrical qualities.” BILLBOARD

“A new release by the accomplished guitarist Edery, a Moroccan Jew with solid classical training and a smooth, warm voice, soprano Cassandra Hoffman and tasteful percussionist Rex Benincasa. Very appealing arrangements.” RHYTHM MUSIC


Gerard Edery brings a vibrant, classically trained baritone and the skills of a virtuoso guitarist to the Judeo-Spanish repertoire and to his original compositions, infusing inventive harmonies into his intricate arrangements. He has released eight CDs on the Sefarad Records label with two more in preparation. Born in Morocco and raised in France and the United States, he was honored with the 1997 Sephardic Musical Heritage Award.

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