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¡RESILIENCIA! Presents Neshama del Bosque

Sunday May 19, 2019

1701 Fourth Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102-4508

Phone: 246-2261
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NHCC Neshama del Bosque Concert Ticket Link

Phone: 505-246-2261
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Photo_Beth Cohen with instruments

Neshama del Bosque (Soul of the Forest) in Concert:  Nahalat Shalom’s Cantor Beth Cohen has selected some of her favorite music from the Sephardic repertoire including pizmonim from medieval Spain and Syria, Spanish romances in Ladino, an ancient folk song from Turkey, a mushwasha love song in Arabic from Andalucia, Ladino folk songs written by Flory Jagoda, a suite of traditional folk songs and fiddle tunes from New Mexico (from Beth’s repertoire that she plays for local weddings), y muncho mas!   Beth is honored to perform & collaborate with two of New Mexico’s most talented, experienced and versatile musicians who will weave together the well-traveled sounds of Sefarad: Ronaldo Baca will be singing and playing the oud and guitar and Javier Saume Mazzei will be performing on a variety of percussion instruments including the cajon and doumbek. Beth Cohen will be singing and playing violin, guitar and Macedonian tambura. Come experience the Neshama del Bosque (Soul of the Forest).

$15 for the concert, $80 for a full ¡RESILIENCIA! Pass.
At the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th Street SW Albuquerque, NM 87102 
Main: (505) 246-2261 Fax: (505) 246-2613
Concert Venue: Domenici Education Building – Grand Hall

¡RESILIENCIA! The Experience of Jewish Communities in Spain and the Americas. Organized by Instituto Cervantes,Casa Sefarad@Nahalat Shalom, Festival Djudeo-Espanyol, National Hispanic Cultural Center. In collaboration with Consulate of Mexico, Red de Juderías de España, Diputación of Lleida, Latin American and Iberian Institute at UNM, Consulate General of Israel in Houston, Jewish Federation of New Mexico, Congregation B´Nai Israel, Congregation Albert, ADL Mountain States Region, New Mexico Humanities Council and Century Automotive, a Mapfre Company.


Beth Cohen [ ]  is a well-known vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and music teacher in New Mexico. Since 1995, she has served as the music director and cantor at Congregation Nahalat Shalom where she teaches, directs, arranges music for, and performs in The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, Alavados Ensemble and coordinates and co-produces the internationally recognized klezmer music and dance festival KlezmerQuerque. 


Beth earned a Bachelor of Music degree in voice (performance track) in 1991 from The University of New Mexico (UNM) and she remained at UNM to complete core course work towards a Masters of Music degree in voice performance until 1993. After graduating UNM, she studied classical violin and violin pedagogy with Albuquerque's "go-to" violinist/violin teacher Kathy Jarrett.  At this time, Beth also began studying maqam (the Arabic modal/ scale system) on the violin with several masters.  She continues her studies and explorations in maqam on violin and now with her voice. 

Since moving here from her hometown of Boston in 1983, Ms. Cohen has been teaching voice, guitar, violin, viola, mandolin and piano to students of all ages in her studio and in public and private schools.  Beth began studying classical guitar and voice and accompanying her own singing when she was seven years old, and soon added studies in piano, theory, performance and arranging  from ages nine through sixteen. 

Beth's latest project is the trio Neshama del Bosque (Soul of the Forest), which explores the roots, seeds and branches of Sephardic and Judeo-Spanish music from Asia to New Mexico and beyond. She also performs throughout the southwest as a soloist and with the noted traditional and world music ensembles: The Rebbe's Orkestra-Klezmer & Judaic band (since 1996) and Goddess of Arno-Balkan band (since 1994).

Ronaldo Baca [ ]  is an accomplished performer of Flamenco, Jazz, Classical Guitar, and the Arabic lute (a.k.a. the Oud). He has been playing for New Mexico audiences for over 20 years and has toured throughout the southwest USA and in Spain. Ronaldo has been a guest artist on several recordings, including 'Devil Dog Road' (1995), a CD by the band Liar, and 'Hard Steps' (1996), an audio tape by poet Jimmy Santiago Baca.  Ronaldo has founded and has been a member of many bands, including Maria Benitez's Second Company, Flamenco del Encanto, Cabaret Flamenco, Aire Flamenco, Sadaqa, Sci-Fi, Scheherezade/Rajaz, and Fathom.

Ronaldo began his studies in classical guitar at the age of thirteen under Hector Pimentel and has continued studying, composing, teaching, and performing music for over twenty-three years. Under the influence of his grandfather, Ronaldo's interests broadened to include Flamenco. He studied Flamenco for twelve years under the guidance of Juan Junquera Cortez, Santiago Moreno, Pedro Cuadra, Chuscales, Pedro Cortez, Roberto Castellon, and Eric Patternson.

Ronaldo is also an accomplished performer on the Middle Eastern Oud which comes naturally to Ronaldo because of the interconnections between the Flamenco guitar and the Arabic Oud. For over a year, he studied and lived in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalucia, Spain, with a Moorish echo in the background, among the true Flamencos of the present day. Ronaldo was reared amidst a family devoted to Flamenco, and his familiarity with its form and its culture is reflected in his passionate performances.      


Javier Saume Mazzei [ ] 
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Javier began playing percussion at the age of eight. He holds a B.A in Music from College of Performing Art, Roosevelt University. Javier has performed with Rhonda Richmond, Reginald Veal, Harlin Riley, Cassandra Wilson, Badi Assad, and the Symphony Orchestra “Sistema de Orquestas Juveniles de Venezuela”. He has performed internationally in concerts, master classes, and residencies in Beijing, China, The Kennedy Center Washington DC, and Carnegie Hall in New York with Sones de Mexico Ensemble. He has recorded with Sones de Mexico. The group was nominated for the Latin Grammy and Grammy in 2008. Javier plays as a guest musician in the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre a North Eastern University associate Institution, and teaches percussion at People’s Music School. 2016 started at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. A play called "Another Word for Beauty" written by Jose Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson and musicalized by Hector Buitrago (Los Aterciopelados). Moreover, Javier has played and toured the USA with Brazilian artist Badi Assad and as a guest musician with the electro Tango project from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Otros Aires.