by Lainie Blum-Cogan

Rita Falbel Singing the Jewish Experience

In her second album, Rita Falbel sings the multi-faceted music of the Jewish experience in the Diaspora. Timepieces, Between Jewish Past and Future, released in July 1991 (Global Village Music), features three original compositions and traditional folk songs, in Hebrew, Ladino, Yiddish, Arabic, Spanish, German and English. Falbel’s music follows the wanderings of the Jewish people, examining what is gained and lost in assimilation and acculturation. Songs range from “Shterndl,” poet Moyshe Kulbak’s Yiddish memories of shtetl life, to “Sarika,” a Ladino folk song from the Balkan Sephardic tradition, to “September Song,” Kurt Weill’s ballad reflecting his own assimilation into the New York theatrical culture.

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