Sephardic Israeli singer Yasmin Levy, a rising star in world music circles, will perform at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, November 1st as part of her debut American tour, and TC Jewfolk readers get a special discount and an opportunity to attend an exclusive after-party with Yasmin’s band. [Update: Free Tickets No Longer Available.]
Born in Jerusalem, Israel in 1975, Yasmin was raised with a deep connection to Ladino, an ancient language spoken by the Sephardic Jews who fled Spain in 1492. It is in this language that Levy, along with her four-member band, famously interprets traditional songs and infuses them with emotive vocals and modern arrangements filled with Arabic and Flamenco notes.
Win one of three FREE pairs of tickets to see Yasmin Levy at the Ordway!
The Ordway has given TC Jewfolk three pairs of tickets to raffle off to our lucky readers to see Yasmin Levy on November 1st. To win, between now and 12noon on Thursday, October 15th, go to the comments section of this blog post and answer this question. Yasmin Levy says her Mano Suave album features musicians from Iran, Israel, Turkey, Paraguay, Armenia, and Spain: describe a traditional musical instrument from one of those countries. We’ll enter your name in our raffle (drawn randomly with the help of The Hat). One submission per person.
TC Jewfolk Discount
The Ordway is also offering TC Jewfolk readers $20 tickets (a substantial discount) to the show. Just call Ordway’s box office a 651-224-4222 or go online at ordway.org and use the promo code “JEWFOLK.” The $20 ticket cost include all fees, and is not available for previously purchased tickets.
The first 50 people that purchase tickets with the promo code “JEWFOLK” are invited to an exclusive post-show party with Yasmin Levy and her band! The reception will be on the second floor Marzitelli Foyer immediately following the Main Hall performance. There will be appetizers & a cash bar, and music.
The Ordway is also offering a pre-show extra before Yasmin Levy’s performance (free with a ticket to the show) with the Ordway’s Vice President of Programming and Producing Artistic Director James Rocco, and others, for a unique insider’s look behind the scenes.
More about Yasmin Levy
Yasmin Levy’s concert at the Ordway will be based on the first American release of her CD, Mano Suave. This album from 4 Q Records, features a blend of traditional Ladino songs and original compositions influenced by her culture and studies. “Mano Suave is what Jerusalem sounds like,” explains Yasmin.
She told Fly Global Music, “I tell myself that my music is a big thing, bringing people together. My band come from all parts of the world. Everybody says music is another language, it is international — I work with Muslims and Christians, and I am Jewish. I work with Germans and I am Israeli. This is what music means to me in life.”
Yasmin sees her music as a form of Tikkun Olam, repairing of the world. She said in the same interview with Fly Global Music,“Because the language of Ladino is dying, I see my job as more than the music — it is like a holy mission. I see myself as a butterfly going from one flower to another spreading the knowledge of the tradition. And I know that for the rest of my life — even though I know I will do other songs, my own and others — I will sing Ladino songs for the rest of my life — for the Jewish people, my father and the world.”
Watch Yasmin Levy on Youtube.