Prestigious prize (ARSC) for Eastern Mediterranean Judeo-Spanish Songs

October 4, 2021

The Jewish Music Research Centre is pleased to announce that its publication Eastern Mediterranean Judeo-Spanish Songs from the EMI Archive Trust (1907-1912), study and commentaries by Rivka Havassy and Edwin Seroussi (Anthology of Music Traditions in Israel, vol. 27), has been declared the winner in the 2021 Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Awards for Excellence in the category of Best Historical Research in Recorded Blues, Folk, or World Music. Locating and releasing this rich repository of seventy-eight Judeo-Spanish recordings from the EMI Archive Trust in England, heir to the Gramophone and Zonophone companies, is a breakthrough in the study of the Sephardic song. This collection brings to light in remastered tracks the forgotten voices of many Sephardic artists extremely popular a century and more ago in Ottoman Jewish centers such as Salonika and Constantinople/ Istanbul.

The goal of the prestigious ARSC Awards for Excellence program is to recognize and draw attention to the finest work published in the field of recorded sound research. The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings, in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in bringing together everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound.