October 19th, 2009


Yihe zichra baruch (May her memory be blessed)

Yesterday I went to a Voice of the Turtle Memorial concert for Judy Wachs. It was well attended and very excellent. The group was founded in 1978 and remained intact for 30 years until the untimely death of Judy. She was the researcher for the group taking many trips to collect Sephardic songs and stories. She brought back tapes; the group then worked on arrangements with their huge array of instruments - 'oud, saz, guitar, mandolin, dumbeks, kamanja among others. For this concert they played one of the tapes and then their version of the song which included audience participation.

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Their concerts were always entertaining and musically satisfying. In yesterday's concert Derek again told the secret of what held the trip together: food. They were on tour a lot and always found interesting restaurants - the most important question about a concert was "where are we going to eat before the concert" and "where are we going to eat after the concert?". And apparently Judy had a good sense of finding good places.

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The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing is come and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land. Song of Songs 2:12

Their closing piece was Adio Kerida:
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