Friday Feb 10, 2023

Simone Salmon

In this episode, Ivy and Max talk to Simone Salmon, an ethnomusicologist and musician who specializes in Sephardic, Ladino, and Ottoman music. They discuss music as a cross-cultural bridge, differences between Ottoman and Western musical styles, the Turkish makam, and the story of Simone's great-grandparents Isaac and Emily Sene.

Show notes:

- The first “Misirlu” clip is by Jack Mayesh.,1368.htm

- The book Simone mentions is by Benjamin Brinner, Playing across a Divide: Israeli-Palestinian Musical Encounters (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)

- Music at a restaurant in contemporary Turkey: Tonoz Kumkapı Restaurant Meyhane Fasıl Canlı Müzik

- Selda Bagcan, "Sari Gelin,"

Simone's radio show:

- You can view a performance of Simone's ensemble at the 2022 ucLadino conference here:

Podcast Credits:

Music by KJ.

Logo design by Rebecca Daniel Mottley.

Audio Post-Production Services provided by Stampede Studios, Inc.
Audio Mixer – Oscar Salinas
Senior Director, Sound – Mark Herscovitz

Special Thanks to Ben Arnold.

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