Nicole Murad, Vocalist
Nicole Murad is a dulcet toned, classically trained singer who studied voice with famous soprano, Marni Nixon. She traces her Sephardic lineage back to 1492 Toledo, Spain and is well known for her numerous performances of Sephardic repertoire and songs of the Jewish experience. Her award winning program, Soy Sefaradí: Celebrating the Jews of Spain brings to life traditional Sephardic melodies in their original Judeo-Spanish language - a dialect of old Spanish - featuring stories of love, death and nostalgia for a lost life. Canadian born, Nicole has performed in operas and concerts in the US and abroad. She earned a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University and a MA from New York University. Opera roles have included Lucy in The Telephone, Sylva Varescu in The Gypsy Princess, Lady with the Cake Box in Postcard from Morocco, Echo in Ariadnae auf Naxos and Fleurette in Christopher Columbus.
Pablo Zinger, Piano
Uruguayan-born New Yorker Pablo Zinger is widely acclaimed as a conductor, pianist, composer, arranger, writer, lecturer and narrator, specializing on Astor Piazzolla, tango, Spanish zarzuela, and Latin American music. He has accompanied Plácido, Paquito D’Rivera, Astor Piazzolla, Tito Puente, Sarita Montiel and Plácido Domingo Jr. He tours and records frequently with the Valencia-based Zinger Septet and has written for The New York Times, Opera News, and lectured for The New York Philharmonic. He has written the tango Latin-Jewish musical Bela with Ilan Stavans, Las tentaciones de González (Tiene la muerte atada), premièred in 1999 to a NY Times rave and Bésame mucho (Latinas sing Latinas), which won HOLA and ACE prizes (2012-1015). He has been called “The King of Zarzuela” by Opera News magazine, and was Musical Director of the Patty Disney Zarzuela Series at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM (2004-2011). CD’s include Tango Apasionado with Astor Piazzolla, Chamber Music from the South and The Clarinetist, with Paquito D’Rivera, Las Puertas de la Mañana (songs of Carlos Guastavino) and two albums of music by Carlos Suriñach with Bronx Arts Ensemble. Mr. Zinger has conducted the Costa Rica National Symphony, Simón Bolívar Orchestra (Venezuela), Maribor Philharmonic (Slovenia), Montevideo Philharmonic and Montevideo Pro Opera (Uruguay) and Bronx Arts Ensemble with Jazz greats Tito Puente, Dave Valentin, Néstor Torres and John Faddis.
American Sephardi Federation
The Jewish World
"An outstanding duo!"
- Andrew Lee, Director of Puffin Cultural Forum, NJ
" A wonderful duo. Her voice and his masterful guitar playing totally entranced our audience. We can't wait to have them back for another exciting evening."
- Stacy Cohen, Chair Cultural Arts Committee, Temple Israel, NY
"A marvelous performance of authentic Ladino music. The duo is outstanding! They will have you singing along whether or not you are familiar with this dialect...a joyful experience!"
- Joy Zacharia Appelbaum, Audience Member and Historian/Ladino Speaker
"Mesmerizing. Truly magical. I was on cloud nine for the entire evening."
- Richard Leder, Esq., Audience Member
"An intense, beautiful and tasteful singer with delightful, expressive, brilliant singing performances. She has these Ladino songs in her blood and she engulfs and reveals her deep connection to them...brilliant instrumental and artistic collaborators...I recommend highly."
- Marni Nixon, Soprano
"Approaches the tradition (Sephardic/Ladino) with respect and sensitivity"
- Rabbi Mitchell Serels, NY
"A baptism by fire...to this day her performance gives me chills"
- Alexander Rovang-Conductor, NYC
"Every sound...thrilling, vibrant, and beautiful"
- Rich Stout-Conductor, NYC
"First rate...a wonderful talent"
- J.B Davis-Stage Director, NYC
"A beautiful instrument with large range and flexibility"
- Elaine Rinaldi-Conductor, NYC
"An extremely talented singer and performer"
- Joost Van Berge-Singer, Actor, Stage Director, NYC