Sarah Aroeste

Sarah Aroeste, inspired by her family’s roots in N. Macedonia and Greece, Sarah Aroeste is determined to bring Sephardic culture to new generations. Since 2001, Aroeste has toured the globe presenting traditional and original Ladino songs with her unique blend of Balkan sounds, pop, and jazz. She has recorded seven albums, including the first-ever all-original Ladino children’s album, Ora de Despertar, the first bilingual Ladino/English holiday album Together/Endjuntos, and the award-winning Monastir, an international musical tribute to a once thriving Balkan Jewish community. In 2014 she won the Sephardic prize at the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam, and in 2015 she represented the USA in the International Sephardic Music Festival in Cordoba, Spain. Sarah is currently co-directing her newest initiative, Savor: A Sephardic Music & Food Experience, which unites Sephardic song and cuisine in multi-sensory platforms. In addition to composing songs, Sarah has published numerous articles and essays about Sephardic cultural preservation and writes Sephardic themed books for children, including Buen Shabat, Shabbat Shalom (Kar-Ben 2020), and the forthcoming Mazal Bueno (Kar-Ben 2023). 

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