TotalBank Distinguished Speaker Series
Spanish and Mediterranean Studies Program
Adio Kerida Sefarad
Exploring the Sephardic Experience through Art, Music and Personal Reflection
Thursday, November 3, 2016 | 6:30 PM | FIU MMC | Green School Gallery (SIPA First Floor)
Jônatas Chimen Dias DaSilva-Benayon is a Brazilian-American Symbolist painter, sculptor, performance artist, writer and lecturer. His work explores personal and collective identity amidst a complicated and ever-changing cultural landscape. The artist’s exploration of identity is often drawn from his own family’s history of immigration. Chimen holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida International University. His work has been featured at major art galleries, art auctions, and venues such as Artexpo New York, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami Art Week and at the Jewish Museum of Florida. In 2015, Jônatas Chimen was awarded the title of Artist of the Year by the Anti-Defamation League for his art series titled The Journey.
Susana Behar was born in Havana to a Cuban/Jewish family and grew up listening to the traditional music of her homeland as well as the evocative music of her Sephardic ancestors. In 1965 she immigrated to Venezuela where she explored and performed the music of her adopted country, as well as that of Latin America and Jewish folklore in general. Her music has been featured in the documentary Adio Kerida, of anthropologist Ruth Behar. Her second CD, At The Crossroads, is a compilation of a live concert featuring Sephardic and Latin American songs.
Jose Luis de la Paz is a flamenco guitarist and co-founder of Nu Flamenco Collaborative. He has performed throughout the world and has won numerous prizes for his work, including the Premio Jóvenes Interpretes-Bienal de Sevilla, Premio Asociación de la Prensa-Huelva, and Cuarto Cabales among others. In 1995 he appeared in Felix Grande’s book Agenda Flamenca as one of the 20 best guitarists in Spain.
Reza Filsoofi was born in Tehran, Iran. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays santoor, setar, tombak and daf. For many years, Reza had the privilege of refining his talents in Iran with master musicians such as Zarrabian, Shoaari and Arash Farhangfar. The knowledge gained from these masters has opened doors for him to perform before live audiences in Iran and the U.S.
—Presented in collaboration with—
Consulate General of Spain | Global Jewish Studies Program | Department of History
Department of Religious Studies | Cuban Research Institute | College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts
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This event has been generously sponsored by TotalBank
and co-sponsored by JW Marriott Miami and Air Europa