La Serena

by Aviva Chernick

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1.
A ti Espanya 04:16
A ti, Espanya bien kerida Muzotrus Madre te yamamos I mientras toda muestra vida Tu dulsi lingua no deshamos Aungue tu moz desteraste De tu seno No estankamos de amarte A ti, Espanya... Por ti, muzotrus konservamos amor filial Te mandamus muestro amor (Translation): You, beloved Spain We call you our Mother And all through our lifetime We will not abandon your sweet language Although you sent us From your breast We never tire of loving you You, beloved Spain... For you, we will preserve faithful love We send you our love
2.
Min hameitzar karati Yah, anani vamerchav Yah From the narrows I call to You, You answer me in the expanse.
3.
Kol Dodi 04:07
Kol dodi dofek, pitchi-li achoti, rayati, yonati, tamati The voice of my Beloved is knocking, Open to me! My Sister, my Love, my Dove, my Perfect One.
4.
Buena Semana 03:41
Buena semana mos de el Diyo Buena semana mos de el Diyo Buena semana mos de el Diyo Salud i vida Ke miz fijos vengan al Kal Ke miz fijos vengan al Kal Para maldar la Tora Salud i vida Para maldar kon Talesim Para maldar kon Talesim Para trayer los Tefilin Salud i vida (translation): May God give us a good week May God give us a good week May God give us a good week Health and life May my children come to the synagogue May my children come to the synagogue To study Torah Health and life To pray with Talit To pray with Talit To wear Teffilin Health and life
5.
La Serena 03:44
En la mar ay una torre En la torre una ventana En la ventana (ay) una ija Ke a los m arineros yama Dame tu mano paloma Para suvir al tu nido Maldicha ke durmes sola Vengo a durmir kontigo (original chorus) Si fuera la mar palavrikas de amor Si la mar fuera de leche Me ariya pishkadora Pishkaria mis dolores Kon palavrikas de amor (translation): In the sea there is a tower In the tower a window In the window there is a girl Who calls out to the sailors Give me your hand, Dove So that I may climb up to your nest It is rumoured that you sleep alone I am coming to sleep with you (original chorus) If the sea were made of little words of love If the sea were made of milk I would make myself a fisherwoman I would fish my all my woes With little words of love
6.
Arvoles yoran por luvias I montanyas por aires. Ansi yoran los mis ojos Por ti, kerida amante. Torno i digo ke va a ser de mi. En tierras ajenas yo me vo murir Enfrente de mi ay un angelo kon tus ojos me mira. Avlar kero i no puedo. Mi korason sospira. Ven, veras i ven veras Ven, veras veremos El amor ke tenemos Tu i yo, ven, mos aunaremos. Luvya izo (i se mojo la kaye i el kortijo) Anda, dezilde al mi amor Ke es de los ojos mios. (translation): Trees cry for rain And mountains for the wind. And so my eyes weep For you, my dear sweetheart. Tell me what will become of me. I will die in a strange land. I see in front of me an angel Looking at me with your eyes. I want to speak but I cannot. My heart is sighing. Come and you will see, Come and you will see, we will see The love that we share Will unite us. Rain has fallen (soaking the street and courtyard) Go, tell my love That it is from my eyes.
7.
Esta montanya de enfrente Se asiende i va kemando, Ayi pedri al mi amor Me asento i vo yorando Arvoliko de yasmin Yo lo ensembri en mi guerta, Yo lo kresi i lo engrandesi, Otros se estan gozando Sekretos kero deskuvrir, Sekretos de mi vida, El sielo kero por papel La mar kero por tinta. Los arvoles por pendolas, Para eskrivir mis males, Non ay ken sepa mi dolor, Ni ajenos ni parientes. (translation): This mountain ahead Lights up and burns There I lost my love I sit down and cry A jasmine tree I planted in my garden I took care of it and I grew it Now others are enjoying it I want to share my secrets The secrets of my life I want to use the sky as paper And the sea as ink The trees are pens In order to write my troubles Nobody knows of my pains Neither strangers nor relatives.
8.
Laz Tiyas 02:41
Tiya Mazalta muz va a yamar nochi di Hanuka Tiya Grasya muz va a yamar nochi di Hanuka Para sinder laz kandelikas kun toda la mishpaha Laz hanukiyas di sirma blanka muz kali alimpyar Lalala… Tiya Luna muz va a yamar nochi di Hagada Tiya Safira muz va a yamar nochi di Hagada Para kumer laz albondikas kun toda la mishpaha Kantaremus Un Kavritiko dispuez di laz birahas Tiya Paloma muz va a yamar a kumer en la Suka Tiya Estreja muz va a yamar a kumer en la Suka Kun frutas i flores di muchas kolores Kun toda la mishpaha (translation): Aunt Mazalta will invite us Hanukah night Aunt Grace will invite us Hanukah night To light little candles with the whole family The silver Menorah will be shiny and clean Lalala… Aunt Luna will invite us Passover night Aunt Sapphire will invite us Passover night To eat matzah balls with the whole family We’ll sing Had Gadya after the prayers Aunt Paloma will invite us to eat in the Sukkah Aunt Estreya will invite us to eat in the Sukkah With colorful fruits and flowers With the whole family
9.
Adon Olam 04:11
(translation): ...In the hand of the One I place my soul when I sleep and when I wake As my spirit dwells in my body, You are with me — I will not be afraid.
10.

about

I share these songs with you like jewels collected on travels, gifted to me along with stories, or stumbled upon by chance and left for me to decipher. This collection is primarily of tunes from the Jews of Spain and the Balkans, traditional and original melodies with rich poetry in Judeo-Spanish (also known as Ladino). La Serena is a female being whose voice, according to Greek mythology, lures sailors to their death. This notion of the female voice as a means to destruction runs counter to my experience of this music, the cultural legacy from which it comes and, most importantly, of my own voice. How liberating it is to discover that the female voice can be many things: ferocious and wild, sensual and seductive, filled with grief, rage and joy, all with great potency and without destruction for anyone, most importantly the one letting the sound pour forth.

credits

released September 16, 2019

ALL SONGS ARRANGED AND PRODUCED BY
AVIVA CHERNICK, JUSTIN GRAY AND JOEL SCHWARTZ

Aviva Chernick: All Lead Vocals
Justin Gray: Bass, Bass Veena —
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
Joel Schwartz: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar,
Resonator Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Electric
Piano — 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Lyle Molzan: Drums, Shakers —
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
Derek Gray: Drums, Shakers, Djembe,
Percussion — 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9
Naghmeh Farahmand: Udu, Tombak, Frame
Drum — 2, 3, 9,
Ernie Tollar: Duduk, Ney — 3, 9
Maryem Tollar: Vocals — 8
Aaron Lightstone: Oud — 2
Recorded at The Canterbury Music Company
by Jeremy Darby and Julian Decorte.
Additional recording by Justin Gray at Synthesis
Productions and by Joel Schwartz at his studio.

A ti Espanya, Buena Semana, Laz Tiyas and
Rikordus di mi Nona are used with permission
from Flory Jagoda.
Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) consultant:
Dr. David Navarro, Texas State University
Photo of Flory and Aviva by Pat Jarrett,
Virginia Humanities
All other photos by Paul Wright
Graphic Design: Carlos Gouveia /
cgmultimedia.ca

The dress that Aviva is wearing was created
by Sara Ferdman Tauben in 1971 as a graduate
in Fashion Design from Shenkar College for
Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan, Israel.
Aviva acknowledges the generous gift of this
dress and its impact on the project design.

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Aviva Chernick Toronto, Ontario

Aviva Chernick is an award-winning singer, singing in Hebrew, Ladino and English. Aviva brings her soulful, soaring vocals to the exquisite Balkan Judeo-Spanish repertoire in her newest release, La Serena. The music is both lush and intimate and while honouring the roots of an established tradition of song, beautifully fresh sounding. ... more

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