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David Harris (Artistic Director, vocalist, and co-founder)

Photo of David Harris David has pursued study and performance of Sephardic music throughout North America, Greece, Israel, France, Turkey, Poland, Bosnia, Spain, and Morocco. He has received numerous awards supporting his fieldwork and performances, most recently from the Luce, Rockefeller, and Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundations. Integrating his skills as a singer, actor, and dancer, Harris has appeared with the Minnesota Opera, Zorongo Flamenco, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Corning Dances and Company, Ensemble Espanol, Guthrie Theater, North Star Opera, In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theater, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, and Illusion Theater.

Mick LaBriola (percussionist)

Photo of Mick LaBriolaMick LaBriola (percussionist) is a Roster Artist with the Minnesota State Arts Board, Young Audiences, WAITS & Compas presenting residencies, workshops and assembly programming throughout Minnesota. Performing ensembles include Voices of Sepharad,the Maroons, Karibuni, Maqam, Beau Koo Jacks, Ancestor Energy, Mojo Roots & Songs of Hope. In 2004 Mick was presented with the "Artist of the Year Award" by Young Audiences of Minnesota and also produced two CDs, "Allwhere" by Ancestor Energy and "Prakritis Kiss" by Mojo Roots. A current solo CD project, "Songs for Diego," will soon be released.

Judith Brin Ingber (dancer, choreographer and co-founder)

Photo of Judith Brin IngberJudith's choreography is often inspired by her experience as Assistant to the Director of Inbal Dance Theatre in Israel from 1972 - 1977, as well as study in Istanbul, funded by a Jerome Foundation Travel Study grant. Judith was a Faber Fellow lecturer for Princeton University and is on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Department of Theater Arts and Dance. She recently edited a special issue on Jewish dance for the "Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Review".

David Burk (guitar, ‘ud, chumbush, bass)

Photo of David BurkDavid has performed with Voices of Sepharad since 1998. He is a regular guest artist with the Georges Lammam Arabic Orchestra, based in San Francisco. In addition, David has worked with Armenian accordion virtuoso Valeriy Saakian, Persian singer Sattar, and the Twin Cities' Persian ensemble Robayat. He studies 'ud with the Lebanese master multi-instrumentalist Bassam Saba. David is also known as an expert guitarist and bassist specializing in Latin, African and Caribbean styles, playing with playing with Shalita, Shangoya, Out of Africa, Amandla, and Cafe con Leche.

David Rockne Stenshoel (violin)

David Stenshoel photoDavid Rockne Stenshoel (violinist) has performed with Voices of Sepharad since 1999. He studied violin with Edward Horak, a member of Cliff Burnzell's Golden Strings. He has performed professionally since 1975, playing across the nation - in the west with the Radio Rangers, in the East and in England with Boiled in Lead. He has performed at Minneapolis's Orchestra Hall, the Cedar Cultural Center, and the Winnepeg Folk Festival. David also plays with Minneapolis groups Honeysuckle Rose, Saharan Nights, Robayat, and SunPlug'd. Other groups he has played with include Ethnic Dance Theater Orchestra, Crossing Borders, Imp Ork, Electric Arab Orchestra, Yiddishe Folkmenschen, Shalita, and Layali Sharque. In 1988, he received the Minnesota Music Awards "Best Ethnic Violin Performer".

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