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Sefiroth – Adio Kerida (Farewell Beloved)

12th November 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Sefiroth – Adio Kerida (Farewell Beloved)

Monday 12th November, 7pm, Manchester Jewish Museum, £10

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Adio Kerida is Sefiroth’s new show, premiering as part of the Festival of Leaving. It is a continuous, hour-long musical performance enhanced by aspects of theatricality and story-telling. Alex Roth’s original English translations of the Ladino lyrics are dramatically recited in interludes between songs, accompanied by musical improvisations in the Arabic maqam style – a reminder of the cross-pollination between these two cultures that dates back to at least as far as medieval times. Ultimately, the show invokes a sense of humanity’s quest for belonging and our pursuit of individual and collective identity.

Sefiroth is an international collective of musicians founded by brothers Nick and Alex Roth to explore and re-imagine traditional Sephardic (Judeo-Spanish) repertoire with a contemporary aesthetic. 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 Sepahrdim, combining acoustic and electric instruments, improvisation, modern harmonies and trance-inducing rhythms.


Alice Zawadzki – voice, violin

Nick Roth – saxophone, furulya

Alex Bonney – trumpet, electronics

Shirley Smart – cello

Alex Roth – guitar, effects

Ruth Goller – electric bass

Simon Roth – drums, percussion


Following the release of its debut EP, Sefiroth presented the multimedia theatre show Arvoles Lloran por Luvia , which set the group’s experimental arrangements at the heart of an epic, Kabbalah-inspired narrative conveyed through dance, digital projection and production design. Premiered with a three-night run at Battersea Music Hall, it was hailed as “absolutely incredible” (Musicians Benevolent Fund),“striking and innovative” ( and “flawless… an incredibly fascinating ollaboration between music, dance and digital media” (

Sefiroth in the press

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


12th November 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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