The 4th Annual Sephardic Music Festival – Channuka 2008

by yossi | December 16, 2008 2:01 pm

December 16, 2008

The Sephardic Festival has just added 14 new performers to the festival, including 3 new venues! Dec 24th (Xmas Eve) the City Winery will host it’s first event that will be open to the public, a variety show which will include Anthony Coleman’s Sephardic Tinge, Toddy Berry, and Jakie Hoffma amongst others. Y-Love, DeScribe and Kosha Dillz will be special guests on Dec 25th at the Highline Ballroom for the Piamenta Chanukah show and finally, we have announced our closing evening show with intimate performances by Miriam Zafri, Rufus Cappadocia & Anath.

Info on each of the nights below and at

The 4th Annual Sephardic Music Festival – Channuka 2008 presents the 4th annual Sephardic Music Festival in NYC Chanukah 2008 December 21-28.

The festival includes various artistic and cultural events throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn with musical performances by Israeli artists such as Eden Mi Qedem (joined by Yossi Piamenta), debut performances by Electro Morocco, NYC staples Pharaoh’s Daughter and many more.

December 10, 2008
Festival Preview Showcase
Galeet Dardashti’s “The Naming” feat. SYREN Dance Co., Electro Morocco,
Diwon featuring Smadar & Samuel Thomas
@ Public Assembly (formerly Galapagos)
70 North 6th St, Williamsburg, NY
Doors 7:30pm | $15 or only $13

December 21, 2008
• Opening Night
Pharaoh’s Daughter, Diwon, and Sarah Aroeste Band
@ Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleeker St, NYC
6pm | $15 adv

December 21, 2008
• Scholar Series
Victor Esses Tarab Ensemble | Elie Massias Flamenco-Ladino
@ The Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th St., NYC
2-5pm | $15 | $12 ASF members
Entrance fee includes both performances, panel discussion, entrance to Yeshiva University Museum and the ASF Ladino etchings exhibit
-Co-sponsors: The American Sephardi Federation, Yeshiva University Museum, NY Council for the Humanities, the Foundation for Iberian Music, the Institute for Sephardic Studies, Jewish Awareness Through Music (JATM) and Shemspeed

December 22, 2008
• Asefa and Layaliel Andalus
@ Zebulon
8pm | FREE
258 Wythe Ave, Williamsburg

December 23, 2008
• Flamenco Guitarist Dan Nadel and Ladino Singer Aviva
And Ansambl Mastika
@ Spanish Portugusse Synagague
3 West 70th St. at Central Park West
7pm | $15 adv or $18 door / all ages

December 23, 2008
• East of the River and Anistar
@ Drom
7:30pm | $15
85 Avenue A (b/w 5th St & 6th St)

December 24, 2008
• Midnight Mess Anthony Coleman’s Sephardic Tinge, Todd Berry, Leah Siegal, Jakie Hoffman, Diwon & Rebetzin Hadassah Gross
@ City Winery
9:30pm | $25
155 Varick street between Spring & Vandam, NYC

December 25, 2008
• Piamenta, Eden Mi Qedem, Diwon & more
(special guests Y-Love, DeScribe & Kosha Dillz)
@ Highline Ballroom
431 W 16th St (b/w 9th & 10th Ave), NYC
10pm | $15 adv

December 27, 2008
• Electro Morocco
@ Joe’s Pub
425 Lafayette St., NYC
11pm | $15 adv

December 28, 2008
• Miriam Zafri, Rufus Cappadocia & Anath
@ Drom
7:30pm | $15
85 Avenue A (between 5th St & 6th St)


For more information, please contact
Erez Safar | 718.290.5372 | [email protected]

ABOUT SMF: The New York Sephardic Music Festival seeks to increase interest and awareness of Sephardic Jewish culture, with a focus on the unique Sephardic musical tradition. The Festival highlights the diversity that exists within Sephardic music by showcasing contemporary Sephardic musical talent, as well as through panel-discussions with ethnomusicologists and performers that aim to historicize the Sephardic heritage. Our goal is to give both the Sephardic community, as well as the broader Jewish community of New York, the opportunity to learn the diversity and beauty of the rich Sephardic musical culture. Since 2005 the SMF has brought tens of performers to thousands of people, providing a much needed arena for the Sephardic heritage to be exposed.

ABOUT SHEMSPEED: Shemspeed is a promotional force and resource for Jewish music , highlights artists around the globe, while exposing new unaffiliated audiences to the diversity that exists within the culture and its music. Shemspeeds’s website (, is an expansive resource for music fans which hosts its own TV and radio station, free mp3s from hundreds of artists, a regularly updated international events calendar and an online store that sells everything from digital downloads to stylish t-shirts. Shemspeed’s daily blog ( has also become a reputable source of trends and information in the growing Jewish culture scene.

ABOUT THE FOUNDER: Erez Safar, a.k.a. Diwon, (formerly dj handler) is the founder and director of Shemspeed (the largest, most diverse Jewish music website), Modular Mood Records (an independent record label), and the Sephardic Music Festival. Erez’s musical persona, Diwon, defies stereotypes: As a multicultural maestro, he produces a mix of Yemenite and Sephardic music blended with electro hip hop beats. Diwon is influenced heavily by his family that migrated from Yemen to Ethiopia and finally settled in Israel. Diwon’s many accolades include London Radio’s 104.4 FM which called him “one of New York’s hottest Jewish musicians;” URB MAGAZINE listed him amongst their NEXT 1000; The Village Voice stated that his work “as producer and DJ is among the most adventurous and banging on the new Jewish music scene;” The Jerusalem Post dubbed him, “Jewish music’s multimedia mogul;” Forward listed him as one of the Top 50 “most influential Jews of 2007;” The Jewish Week gave him a spot in their “36 Influential under 36” list; and Heeb listed him in their “Heeb Hundred.” Erez resides and maintains his many companies in the stereophonic heart of Brooklyn.

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