Eitan Steinberg & Etty BenZaken

Etty & Eitan: Ladino and other folk songs

Alongside their activity in contemporary music concerts, Etty BenZaken and Eitan Steinberg are active in the field of ethnic music and folk songs, especially those from Israel's many ethnic communities. The major folk projects of Eitan Steinberg (research, musical settingsand arrangements) and Etty BenZaken (research, vocal performance) are: 

The Bride Unfastens Her Braids, The Groom Faints

הכלה מתירה צמותיה, החתן מתעלף

Since 1998

 

This project includes Eitan Steinberg's arrangements of Judeo Spanish love songs and wedding songs, in Ladino and Hekitiya. Set for Etty BenZaken in several versions:

* Chamber versions for voice and ensemble;

* Orchestral version for voice & chamber orchestra;

* Duo version for voice and guitar.

Since 1999, this project was widely performed by BenZaken in Israel, Europe and the US. It was recorded on Israeli TV and was featured on the CD "The Bride Unfastens her Braids, the Groom Faints" by New Albion Records (1999). A new double-CD was released on 2019 in celebration of the projects' 20th anniversary.

 

Video of the full 20th anniversary concert, conducted by Steinberg, performed by BenZaken and Modalius Ensemble >>

I Love My Love

since 2006

 

This project includes Eitan Steinberg's arrangements of folk love songs, for voice and guitar, in Armenian, English, Hebrew, Ladino, Spanish and more. The project was widely performed in Israel, Europe and the US, and is featured onthe CD "I Love My Love" (2010) performed by vocalist Etty BenZaken and guitarist Oded Shoub.

More videos from this project, on the Video page >>

Joy

שמחה  فرحه

since 2014

This multi-stylistic project includes Eitan Steinberg's arrangements of folk songs from various ethnic communities in Israel, alongside early and contemporary short pieces and arrangements. Set for Etty BenZaken and Modalius Ensemble, this project was widely performed and was released on a CD on April 2017.

More videos from this project, on the Video page >>

The Streets of our Childhood

since 2017

This project includes Eitan Steinberg's arrangements of children's folk songs from the many ethnic communities in Israel, in Hebrew, Arabic, Yiddish, Ladino, German, Dutch, French, English and more. The arrangements were composed for Etty BenZaken and Modalius Ensemble and the project was premiered on September 2017. A CD with studio recording of the project is expected late 2020.

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