David Harris (Artistic Director,
vocalist, and co-founder)
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)
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
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
David Burk (guitar, ‘ud, chumbush, bass)
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)
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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