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Dezeo

by Consuelo Luz

Ancient Sephardic (Judeo-Spanish) prayers and ballads in a mesmerizing, passionate haunting, multi-layered fusion of Middle Eastern, Flamenco, Latin and contemporary sounds and rhythms produced by Grammy-nominated Jim Wilson.
Genre: Spiritual: Judaica
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1. Ahot Ketana/Little Sister
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2. Los Bilbilicos/The Nightingales
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3. Rahamana/Oh Merciful God
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4. Shema Koli/Lord Hear My Voice
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5. Lekha Eli/To You My God
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6. Una Noche al Lunar/One Moonlit Night
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7. Yo M'Enamori d'Un Aire/I Fell in Love With the Charms
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8. Las Estreyas/The Stars
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9. Tsur Mishelo Akhalnu/Creator Who Sustains Us
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10. Nakdishakh/We Make You Holy
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11. Ki Mitsion/From Out of Zion
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Consuelo Luz, Chilean-Cuban singer/songwriter, explores her Sephardic roots adapting ancient Jewish prayers and ballads from Spain, the Mediterranean and the Middle East into a World Fusion passionate marriage of Jewish and Latin soul.
REVIEWS:
"... Luminary talent ... global vision ..."
-- New Age Voice"

... A shining star in the firmament of Sephardic Music..."
-- David Steinberg, Arts Editor, Albuquerque Journal

"... Luz's voice is smoky and sultry, closer to Sade, Anita Baker, or her fellow Cuban, Celia Cruz. Luz ... was raised as a Catholic [in Chile, Peru, Italy, Greece and the Philippines by Chilean/Cuban parents], only to discover and embrace her Jewish heritage later in life. In Cuba, she imbibed its tropicality, and it glows through her recent release, "Dezeo"
"Dezeo" is Ladino for "desire" and the album explores both romantic and spiritual yearning, dedicating about half the tracks to each kind of longing. Luz's vocals are breathy, earthy, and altogether sophisticated. The music itself is stunningly played, evoking both tricky Latin rhythms and insinuating Arabic overtones, ending up somewhere near the Portuguese fado style."
-- Paul Wieder, JUF News, Chicago

"Beautifully executed and arranged melodies bringing a perfect union of the Golden Age of Spain to the Modern Day world. Consuelo Luz's voice soothes and inspires the soul of Judaism. An excellent and powerful work"
-- Levi Ben Macario, Mi Seferino

"Consuelo's voice captures the reverent, often mystical elements of Sephardic songs, Spanish ballads, Middle Eastern rhythms and flamenco. She also infuses her renditions with contemporary beats ... a more genuine version of what Madonna's been doing lately ..."
-- Sarah Meadows, The Santa Fe Reporter

"I love all of it. I saved Ki Mitzion for my pledge drive program ... I think the song is extraordinary ... Thank you for this wonderful album! It is clearly a spiritual statement and an act of love."
-- Carol Greenspan, KOPN, Columbia, MO

"A great recording ... it will certainly get airplay ..."
-- David Weide, KUNV, Las Vegas

"... Outstanding ..."
-- Kutay Derin Kugay, KPFA, San Francisco

CONSUELO LUZ:

"It was appropriate that I be introduced to this music in the mountains of Northern New Mexico at the same time that some of the local Hispanic population were becoming aware of their Jewish heritage, as was I, having been raised Catholic in South America and Europe. My friend and then New Mexico State Historian, Stan Hordes, had started his research on the subject and later invited me to sing some of these songs at a lecture he gave in Taos.
"As Stan explained, some of the Sephardim, the Spanish Jewish families who had escaped the Inquisition and sailed to Mexico in the early 1500s had found the Inquisition again pursuing them as it reached its height in Mexico in 1596. It was natural that a number of these families should decide to journey to the north to "Nuevo Mexico" in search of safety and obscurity in this harsh, sparsely populated and isolated land where they established villages, mixed with the Catholic settlers and slowly left behind, at least outwardly, their ancient Jewish customs, although to this day evidence can be found in the form of a common toy for Northern New Mexican children, a spinning top exactly resembling the "dreidle", the uniquely Jewish spinning top, the Stars of David which adorn some tombstones, memories of Friday candle-lighting and the particular Spanish spoken in the area with its connection to Ladino, the ancient Spanish of the Sephardim.
"In the 1980s a Jewish "Havurah" had formed in Taos, New Mexico, with members from surrounding villages and Rabbi Chava Carp approached me with some ancient Jewish spiritual songs to sing at services. The songs were in a language that resembled Spanish and she knew I sang in Spanish. The language was Ladino and, as I started learning and singing these songs, something deep stirred inside me and in those who heard the songs. This was a powerful spiritual energy, hidden for centuries, yearning for expression.
"I feel honored to have been given the gift of this music and the exciting task of taking it out into the world in a contemporary form, as I learn more about the mystical traditions of the Sephardim, my ancestral people, who struggled, hidden, for centuries, to preserve their heritage. This music reflects the power of their spiritual and cultural destiny and has reawakened a part of my spirit that had been longing to express itself."


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Ruby Jazayre

haunting, penetrating vocals and music
The vocals on this Cd are haunting. The music penetrates your soul from the first note to the final one. The sax digs into your heart. The music sings in your head long after the Cd is over. Tears come to your eyes because it is so beautiful. You will want to dance as you listen.....

Kasperovich

Great sound! Fills a hole in the "world music" section of my collection.
This CD has music with influences from around the Mediterranean that at once sounds traditional and "modern". Very melodic and pleasing throughout. Highly recommended.

Couraji

Beautiful, Heartfelt, Soulful rendition of Sephardic Music
This CD has a spirit of peace that intertwines through its vocalizations, rhythms, and melodies. It harkens to ancient human desires, and speaks to the need for the broken family of Semites to forgive, and come to appreciate the beauty in each other through their arts, and the sameness in their hearts. Devotion to the same God may be the path that awakens that recognition in those who hear this music.

Alice

Love it!
The CD is beautiful, I listen to it all of the time. My favourite song is "The Nightingales".

Beryl Hartman

Haunting and beautiful
A beautiful addition to my collection of Jewish music will spread the word

Shelley Roose

Just what I needed
Wonderful!! Very soul-felt music, even though I don't understand the language I can feel the deep praise in it. My favorite CD these days! I am looking forward to more from Consuelo!

Shelley Roose

Dezeo
Just realized I only gave 4 stars and this is a 5 star CD!

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Lawrence Leichtman

Melodies reminded me of my childhood, voice is outstanding
The melodies were from my childhood. I first heard a part of this at the studio where it was recorded and was impressed from the first listening. After listening several times now it only gets better. Wonderful voice, wonderful work thanks.