A new generation singer, musical folklorist and guitarist, Gerard Edery was born in Casablanca, Morocco and raised in New York city. He is a singer w
A new generation singer, musical folklorist and guitarist, Gerard Edery was born in Casablanca, Morocco and raised in New York city. He is a singer who focuses on traditions and ethnic folk styles in his music which is termed “Sephardic”.
He is a recipient of the Serphardic Musical Heritage award and “meet the composer” grant and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Operatic performance from Manhattan school of music.He performs with his band in concert around the world. He commands different languages including French, Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish Latino and English. His music comprise of hymns of celebration, loss, holy and works of praise.
In this Serphardic song, which is a song of Serphardic Jewish community, Edery adopts the melodies and rhythms of countries where Sephardic people settled, revealing North African high pitch and modulations. He brings in a new interpretation to the judeo-spanish heritage interrupting it with andolusian flamenco which is an art form that is professionally based on the folkloric music traditions of southern Spain. These include singing, guitar playing, baile, jaleo (vocalisations), Palma’s (hand clapping) and lites (finger snapping).He combined both ancient and modern entities and alot of original creative flair in this song.
We got a chance to do a one on one interview with him. Check it out below
Q: Can You please tell our readers your real name as well as your stage name?
A: GERARD EDERY
Q: Where are you from and Where were you based?
A: I was born in Casablanca of Judeo-Spanish heritage on my mother’s side and Judeo-Arabic on my father’s. My family was also deeply influenced by French culture (Morocco was a French protectorate from 1911 to 1956) and by Argentinean culture, my great grandfather having immigrated to Buenos Aires in the early 1920s. So my personal history has provided the springboard for my eclectic repertoire and for collaborations with musicians from all over the world. Though I am mostly known as a Sephardic artist I sing in over 15 languages and perform in many styles: Latin American and Spanish song, Middle Eastern, Flamenco, French popular song and, of course, my Judeo-Spanish and Judeo-Arabic repertoire, among many others.
I’ve been a New Yorker for most of my life but have been living in Warsaw for the last year and a half and will be appearing at many festivals and in concert series throughout Poland and Europe during the coming year including a concert at the Royal Palace in Warsaw on April 7th, at the British Museum in London on March 25th as part of the 7th annual Interfaith Festival. I have been invited to return for the third time to perform at the Fes International Festival of Sacred Music for two concerts on June 28th and 29th. I will also be returning to the US in April for concerts in NYC and Austin, Texas. All concerts will be posted on my website and through social media. I am also working on a new recording of meditative music drawn from old Sanskrit, Hebrew and Aramaic chants and prayers as well as a new recording of new Sephardic songs and tangos with some extraordinary Polish musicians.
Q: At What age did you start making music?
A: I had music and performance in my blood from the age of 4. I would gather the whole family around the our large dining room table which I would proceed to use as a stage for my singing and dancing performances.
Q: What genre of music do you particularly love? Jazz? Hip-Hop? RnB?
A: Though I was a classical guitarist and then opera singer for many years, I now consider myself an interpreter of diverse styles of World Music.
Q: Tell us about your latest track ( what is it all about)
A: I have recently released a double album titled “Best of Gerard Edery.” The album is a compilation of some of my favorite cuts from 8 or 9 of my previously released recordings. You’ll hear many styles, many languages and many world class artists accompanying me.
Q: Who wrote it? And where can the fans get it?
A: Most of the music I perform and record is public domain material or my own original compositions. I draw upon the vast song repertoire from some of the world’s greatest oral traditions.
Q: Where do you get your musical inspiration?
A: What has inspired me most as a professional musician has been delving into the music of my glorious heritage! More specifically, in 1992, the year of the quincentennial commemorations of the expulsion of the Sephardim from Spain, I began performing this repertoire at festivals, community centres, museums and synagogues. Sephardic Music is truly World Music as it encompasses so many musical styles, languages and cultural influences.
Q: What inspired you to write this new track
A: What inspired me to release “The Best of Gerard Edery” was a desire to share my favourite cuts from the many albums I’ve released over the years.
Q: If you were given a chance, which Artist would you love to perform with?
A: Anouar Brahem is an Algerian oud player I greatly admire and would love to perform with.
Q: Where can fans find you? List all your social media links
Written by Chinedu Inyamah