Sunday April 16, 2022
Emerson Avenue Salonlines Proudly Presents
a Live YouTube Broadcast
– A “hybrid” concert –
tenor/guitar & piano
For a Cold Night
The tango was born at the end of the 19c. across the River Plate, between Argentina and Uruguay. It slowly grew as the resulting blend of the cultures of Italian, Spanish, French and Eastern European Jewish immigrants combined with Afro-Argentine rhythms.
Beginning in the 20th C., the tango became increasingly more popular throughout the world. During the Holocaust, the tango became part of the life of ghettos and concentration camps.
Jews embraced the genre as well, composing compositions in Ladino, Yiddish, Russian, French and Hebrew.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ramón learned Ladino, the language of the Sephardic people, at his grandmother’s knee; his style reflects the rich history and drama of this extraordinary culture.
Trained in five different countries, Ramón has studied at the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary, the Manuel de Falla Conservatory of Music and the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a Doctorate degree in Voice Performance. His Doctoral dissertation is entitled: “The Cantillations and Melodies of the Jews of Tangier, Morocco”
Ramón is also the musical Director of Kolot HaLev, a Jewish Community choirinthe Greater Washington areaandthe past president of Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music.
Serving Jewish congregations since the age of 18, Ramón has expanded the horizons of their liturgical practices by introducing the reading of Torah and other sifre kodesh chanting with te’ame haMikra of different communities from around the world. He has also composed music extensively, research and arranged Jewish music for mixed choir as well as instrumental ensembles. As a musicologist Hazzan Tasat introduces largely unknown piyyutim from the Jewish global village.
Ramón sings in Hebrew, Ladino, Spanish, Italian and English, and specializes in Sephardic music.
Dr. Tasat has toured Europe with world-renowned Dr. Robert Shaw, and he has participated in international festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. His most notable appearances include: the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, the Israeli Embassy, the Italian Consulate in New York City, Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, Harvard University, Saint Cére, France, Siena, Italy, Helsinki, Finland and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.
In addition to television and radio appearances, Ramón has been the recipient of numerous awards including First Place at the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center’s Recital Competition and a National Endowment of the Arts Grant. In 2022 Ramón has been selected to join the Maryland State Arts Council’s Arts in Education Teaching Artist Roster.
Hazzan Tasat offers a wide spectrum of lectures, workshops, and programs. These range from “A Concert for Peace” to “Lullabies in Jewish Tradition,” and ““Echoes of Sefarad” to “The Music of Modern Israel.”
See www.ramontasat.com for more information
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