Ira Klein & Convivencia

Ladino is the language and culture of Sephardic Jews. Ladino language uniquely fuses ancient Spanish and Hebrew. Ladino culture contains a rich collection of folk songs, which represent a singular historical moment. For a few centuries prior to the expulsion of the Jews in 1492, religious tolerance and cultural exchange flourished in Spain. As a result, Ladino music combines Eastern and Western sounds, modern and ancient instruments, and secular and devotional texts.

In 2021 I founded Convivencia (co-existence in Spanish) - a modern Ladino ensemble, featuring an international group of outstanding Boston-based folk performers, in an aspiration to celebrate and expand the Ladino tradition. Hailing from Israel, Cyprus, Greece, Iran, and the US, Convivencia's musicians weave a rich tapestry of diverse musical influences, representing the peaceful vision of tolerance and cultural exchange at the core of Ladino culture. 

 

Convivencia is a 2021 Club Passim Iguana Grant recipient.

Ira Klein & Convivencia are:

Ira Klein: Musical director, Guitar (Israel)

Eleni Moniodi - Vocals (Greece)

Neil Leonard - Clarinet (U.S.)

Bahar Badieitabar - Oud (Iran)

Noam Tanzer - Bass (Israel)

George Lernis - Percussion (Cyprus)