• Posted May 18, 2017
    Author: Sarah Aroeste
    We're one week out and I'm so appreciative of everyone's support so far. Part of my campaign is also about raising awareness about my new bilingual approach to Ladino preservation. Alongside this music project, I've also been working on a children's book! Here is an exclusive first-look sample of one of the beginning pages. My hope is that by creating easily accessible bilingual materials, more people (young and old!) will have access to the beauty and relevance of Ladino culture. The music album I'm working on, Together/Endjuntos, will take this philosophy to a whole new level. Thank you for your continued faith in my work!
  • Posted May 11, 2017
    We reached our first goal! Thank you to everyone who has helped me get this far. Here’s a quick thank you from the president of my fan club:

    https://vimeo.com/217079685

    It’s because of her (and her sister) that I’m so committed to this work. I want to make sure my children grow up in a world where Ladino still exists. You’re part of helping to make it happen.

    Now on to raising the next part- I've got two weeks to make it happen. Stay tuned!
  • Posted May 04, 2017
    Thank you to everyone who has supported Together/Endjuntos so far! We are one week in and doing great-- we've almost reached our first target, a quarter of the overall project!

    As I stare out my window and see the the leaves and flowers budding, I am so grateful to finally be able to be outside after a long winter. I wanted to share with you a draft of some lyrics for our song about Tu B'shvat - a thank you to trees! I wrote this song based on a lovely Ladino saying about the trees marrying and the first flowers appearing. Everything is still in draft form until we officially go into the studio, but here's a first inside look, enjoy!

    Se kazan los árvoles

    Se kazan los árvoles i empesan a salir las primeras flores, las primeras flores
    (The trees marry and then the first flowers start to appear)

    Happy New Year to the trees
    And all you give to us to please
    Thank you for the flowers and bees
    Thank you for the cherries
    Thank you for the trees.

    Se kazan los árvoles i empesan a salir las primeras flores, las primeras flores

    Happy New Year to the trees
    And all you give to us to please
    Thank you for the figs and dates
    Thank you for the pomegranates
    Thank you for the trees.

    Se kazan los árvoles i empesan a salir las primeras flores, las primeras flores

    Happy New Year to the trees
    And all you give to us to please
    Thank you for the nuts and plums
    Thank you for the raisins, yum!
    Thank you for the trees.

    Se kazan los árvoles i empesan a salir las primeras flores, las primeras flores

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    Thank you to the trees, and thank you to you! Your support is truly helping this endeavor blossom...

    Yours,
    Sarah

    P.S. If I may ask one more favor, please continue to share this Hatchfund project with any others you think might be interested...Thank you!!!

Together/Endjuntos: The first-ever English/Ladino bilingual holiday recording and musical educational resource.