אחות קטנה Achot Ketana

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The Piyyut (sacred poem) ‘Achot Ketana’ that was written by Abraham Ḥazzan of Gerona in the 13th century. this text is sung by sephardi communities from the west and the east wings, just before the beginning of the new Hebrew year at Rosh Hashanah's eve.
"Achot Ketana" means little sister in Hebrew and the term is a metaphor for the people of Israel who are scattered around the globe, suffering yet believing the salvation (geula) by the all mighty is yet to come. The final verse of the text bears the famous saying, may a new year with its blessings start!
I have composed my own variation of this Piyyut inspired by my Jewish-Gibraltarian heritage/ there is a unique sound of the middle eastern violin within this version echoing the sense of longing that this beautiful text evoke.
Ariel Lazarus 2021

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released August 29, 2021
Words: Abraham Hazan Girundi Spain
Music, voice and guitar: Ariel Lazarus
Violin: Aviva Alaev
Piano: Julian Jaramilio:
Percussion and Drums: Einat Harel:
Bass Yakir Sason:
recorded and mastered by Noam Calderon, Mizmor studios, Israel
Photo: Adam Bar
design: Ariel Lazarus

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Ariel Lazarus Rehovot, Israel

Dr. Ariel Lazarus composer, performer and musical director of the Israeli Ladino orchestra is a unique artistic voice blending together both his Sephardi and western roots in a coherent way, while shaping a new original language. he performs worldwide and records at the European label "smoothfactor" his music has received excellent reviews by media. lecturer at the Rimon music school ... more

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