The powerful and precise Bosnian singer Natasa Mirkovic-DeRo was in New York City with Hurdy-Gurdy virtuoso Matthias Loibner, and this lovely song is excerpted from a program they presented at Joe’s Pub. We don’t generally think of Ladino songs being part of the Bosnian heritage, but it does make sense that many Sephardic Jews would have settled in the Balkans during their forced migrations out of Spain.
“Noches Noches” is one of the most popular of Ladino songs, and many interpretations abound. Ms. Mirkovic-DeRo’s rendition is highly ornamented; perhaps some Balkan melisma has slipped in?
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