PHOTOS: Sefiroth at Bridewell Theatre

Alice Zawadzki and Olesya Zdvorovetska with
Alex Roth (background)
Photo credit: Monika S. Jakubowska

Sebastian writes: 

Sefiroth is a “collective of musicians founded by brothers Nick and Alex Roth to explore and reimagine traditional Sephardic (Judeo-Spanish) repertoire with a contemporary aesthetic.” They performed a set at Bridewell Theatre on 22 February 2018, and Monika Jakubowska’s pictures of the  gig capture the joy and commitment of the group extremely vividly.

These pictures start with three images of the performance (in colour) , and then give hints as to some of the ways the performers prepare for the performance, and tell some of the story of how the group prepares and fits together (in black and white).

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The words of the songs in Ladino dialect were sung with warmth, affection by the two vocal soloists Alice Zawadzki – also violin – and Olesya Zdvorovetska (above).

Shirley Smart
Photo credit: Monika S. Jakubowska

A constantly lively and fully committed presence in this – and any – band is cellist Shirley Smart.

Photo credit: Monika S. Jakubowska

The band taking their curtain call show their collective belief in the project. It works on its own but could also easily be imagined as music to go with a film, or dance, or a narrative from history of some kind.

Ruth Goller
Photo credit: Monika S. Jakubowska

Musicians have different ways of readying themselves for going on stage. Monika Jakubowska caught bassist Ruth Goller having (extremely musical) fun.

Alice Zawadzki
Photo credit: Monika S. Jakubowska

Alice Zawadzki is always a performer with instantly affecting stage presence and confidence. This photo shows a moment given over to some of the careful preparation beforehand… that then allows the blessings to unfold once she is on stage.

L-R: Simon, Alex and Nick Roth
Photo credit: Monika S. Jakubowska

At the very heart of Sefiroth are the allegiance and the affection of the three brothers in the band.

LINK: Sefiroth on Bandcamp

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