Issued Wednesday, 12 December 2007
JASLYN HALL AND SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE PRESENT YASMIN LEVY
Levy is one of the finest singers in the Middle East... powerful, passionate and intriguing. The Guardian
For one unforgettable evening the Concert Hall will be filled with the mesmerising music of the ancient Ladino culture, courtesy of one of the world’s great divas, Yasmin Levy, and her 5-piece ensemble.
Born in Jerusalem, Yasmin Levy was introduced to Ladino singing and culture from a very young age. Her father, Itzhak Levy, was the leading figure in the research and preservation of the Judeo-Spanish culture, dating back to 15th century Spain. Arising from that period, Ladino is undoubtedly one of the most moving and romantic musical traditions of all times.
In her intensely passionate style of singing, Yasmin preserves and revives the most beautiful songs from the Ladino/Judeo-Spanish heritage, mixing it with Andalucian Flamenco. Yasmin’s Australian debut at the ’07 WOMADelaide Festival left her audience stunned and saw all her CDs disappear from the shop within minutes.
A recipient of the Anna Lindh Award for promoting cross-cultural dialogue, Yasmin explains, I have come to understand better than ever before that my role as an artist must be to help contribute in whatever small way I can to avoid Ladino music becoming extinct in the modern world. With this record I have chosen to return home to my ancestral roots and I couldn’t be happier.
In October this year, Yasmin released Mano Suave to rapturous reviews. It secured her reputation as a musician of enduring depth, passion, and imagination, and is already appearing as Album of the Week and feature album on stations in Australia and Europe.
Yasmin has performed at various international festivals including WOMAD Singapore and UK, Spina, Forum Barcelona, and the BBC’s New Year’s Day concert in London. She has performed on the most acclaimed music TV show in the UK, Later with Jools Holland, as well as lighting up the stage with debut performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Ronnie Scott’s in London.
Special guests performing prior to Yasmin Levy are two of Australia’s finest guitarists, ARIA Award winning brothers Slava and Leonard Grigoryan playing virtuosic duets from their Spanish flamenco repertoire. Between the two of them, Slava and Leonard have toured and recorded with the world’s greatest orchestra’s including the London Philharmonic, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra and many more.
Yasmin’s Sydney concert concludes her national tour following dates in Melbourne, Brisbane, Lismore, Adelaide, and the Perth International Arts Festival. All info: www.jaslynhallpresents.com
Performance Details: Yasmin Levy
Venue: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Dates: Saturday, 1 March, 2008
Time: 8.30pm Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, 9.30pm Yasmin Levy
Bookings: 02 9250 7777