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Sarina kanta

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Daniel Akiva

Sarina kanta

song cycle in Ladino for mezzo-soprano and piano.

The song cycle Sarina kanta is sung in Ladino and was inspired by Sephardic folk songs. Various folk songs are quoted in the work. The first movement is a fantasia based on a poem by Avner Perez, "Sarina kanta romansas," ("Sarina sings romances"). Sarina is Perez' grandmother, whose memory is recalled in this cycle of poems. The remaining movements are based on songs from the Ladino repertoire. Sarina kanta is also published for soprano and piano, and in the original version for mezzo-soprano and string orchestra.


  1. Sarina kanta
  2. Una matika de ruda
  3. Ya abasha la novia
  4. La Estreyas
  5. Ya salio de la mar


Daniel Akiva is a composer, performer, and educator whose performances on guitar and lute have won great acclaim. Mr. Akiva graduated from the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem in 1981, where he studied classical guitar with Haim Asulin and composition with Haim Alexander. In 1987 he completed his studies at the Geneva Conservatorium in Switzerland where he studied lute with Jonathon Rubin and composition with Jean Ballisa. He currently heads the Music Department at the WIZO High School for the Arts in Haifa, which he founded in 1986, and has been the Artistic Director of the Guitar Gems Festival since 2006. As part of his work at WIZO High School, he has developed a method for teaching free improvisation that has been incorporated into the music program at the school.Malchut, was issued by OR-TAV in 2014.

Mr. Akiva has appeared in concert as a guitarist and lutist and given master classes in Israel, Europe, Russia, the United States, and Latin America. Daniel Akiva’s compositional output includes works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, choir, voice and guitar, piano, and chamber orchestra. His works have been recorded on twelve CDs, the latest of which, Malchut, was issued by OR-TAV in 2014. 

A native of Haifa whose family has lived in Israel for over five hundred years, he was steeped in the Sephardic (Jewish-Spanish) tradition from his youth. Much of his compositional output has been devoted to a dialogue with the music of the Sephardic Jews. Daniel Akiva has also maintained a creative dialogue over many years with the poets and writers Amnon Shemesh, Rivka Miriam, and Avner Peretz.

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