Gathering Sparks Celebrates the Light of the Winter Season

The Mizel Museum announces Gathering Sparks: Sephardic Concert and Art Sale, Sunday, December 4 at District 475, 10111 Inverness Main St., Englewood (near I-25 and Dry Creek Rd.) The event will feature a live concert by the band Pharaohs Daughter, and a juried art exhibition and sale with 20 local artists.

Gathering Sparks: Sephardic Music and Local Art will be a day of celebrating the light of winter season, starting with the art exhibition/sale and light hors doeuvres from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Pharaohs Daughter will perform from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and the art exhibition/sale will continue from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

New York-based Pharaohs Daughter has toured extensively throughout the world. With a pan-Mediterranean sensuality, Basya Schechter leads her band through swirling Hasidic chants, Sephardic folk rock, and spiritual stylings filtered through percussion, flute, strings and electronic.

Sephardic music has its roots in the musical traditions of the Jewish communities in medieval Spain. Over the centuries it has picked up influences from Morocco, Turkey, Greece and other places where Spanish Jews settled following expulsion from Spain.

Born into a Hasidic family in Brooklyn, Basya Schechter retained powerful musical experiences from her childhood but invented her own identity, still rooted in the words, sounds, and experiences of her childhood, but using her global curiosity to launch a reformulation of Judaic musicality. Her music has been cultivated by her Hasidic music background and a series of trips to the Middle East, Africa, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, and Greece, where she learned new melodies, rhythms, and instruments. By infusing an eclectic instrumental blend of traditional Judaic tunes with Middle Eastern rhythms and African beats, her music is an infectiously beautiful compilation that radiates with spiritual energy and haunting joy while maintaining a rock and roll intensity. (PD website) The lyrics fluctuate between Aramaic, Hebrew and Ladino, and there are many songs with free form vocals that are reminiscent of spiritual chants.

All kinds of art and creative/hand-made works will be displayed for viewing and for sale, including painting, metal work, jewelry, photography and more from 20 local artists including Gayle Adler, Catherine Alter, Paul Brokering, Paula Burger, Amy Chavez, Ivy Delon, Paula Jones, Lela Kay, Irina Kopelivich, Ann Lederer, Arel Mishory, Nevet Montgomery, Jonathan Moreno, Andrea Palos, Dawn Reinfeld, Lia Lynn Rosen, Joy Weinstein and Patti Zetlin.

The Mizel Museum is a portal to the contemporary Jewish experience. Rooted in Jewish values, the Museums exhibits, events and educational programs inspire visitors of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate diversity and honor the journeys of all people. Through a full spectrum of expression, the museum offers interactive and memorable experiences that engage the community and the dynamic ways that each of our journeys interweave.

Purchase tickets at www.mizelmuseum.org/gatheringsparks or call 303-394-9993.

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