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Sefiroth, Poplar Union, Live Music, East London, Arts, Culture, Community
Sefiroth, Poplar Union, Live Music, East London, Arts, Culture, Community

Re-imagining the ancient songs of the Spanish Jews, Sefiroth combines trance-inducing rhythms and improvisation, telling timeless stories of love, loss and yearning for home.


Sefiroth is an international collective of musicians founded by brothers Nick and Alex Roth to explore and reimagine traditional Sephardic (Judeo-Spanish) repertoire for contemporary audiences. Sung in Ladino, these ancient songs weave timeless stories of love, loss and yearning for home, evoking the lands in which the Sephardic diaspora settled: Iberia, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The group’s arrangements are as porous and wide-ranging as the history of the Sephardim, combining acoustic and electric instruments, contemporary harmony, improvisation and trance-inducing rhythms.


Olesya Zdorovetska – voice
Alice Zawadzki – voice, violin
Nick Roth – saxophones, furulya, percussion
Alex Bonney – trumpet, electronics
Shirley Smart – cello
Alex Roth – guitar, effects
Ruth Goller – electric bass
Simon Roth – drums, percussion
Francesco Turrisi – percussion

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Praise for Sefiroth

I really enjoyed listening back again and again…I love the way you keep the spirit of the traditions alive yet do something totally different at the same time.”
Fiona Talkington – Late Junction, BBC Radio 3

These guys sound really great. Who would have thought that mixing Sephardic music with avant-garde jazz could work so well…but somehow it does! ”
Mike Flynn – Jazzwise Magazine

Really, really beautiful…this music has an energy that is difficult to describe…exhilarating with wonderful contrasts. ”
Bernard Clarke – Nova, RTE Lyric Fm

The slow, spatial, meditative tone pieces such as the opening track, Abre Tu Puerta Serrada, seem to explore the spaces between the sounds as much as the notes themselves…It’s like abstract painting with music.”
Glyn Philips – WorldMusic.co.uk


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