Chernick, Aviva / La Sirena
Album: La Sirena   Collection:World
Artist:Chernick, Aviva   Added:Oct 2019

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2019-10-07 Pull Date: 2019-12-09 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Nov 24 Nov 17 Nov 3 Oct 27 Oct 20 Oct 13
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Aug 20, 2022: Music Casserole
Adon Olam
4. Dec 17, 2019: Clean Copper Radio & Hot Topics
La Sirena, Min Hameitzar
2. Jun 24, 2021: Music Casserole (rebroadcast from Oct 19, 2019)
Arvoles Yoran
5. Dec 14, 2019: Music Casserole
Adon Olam
3. Jan 23, 2020: Melange
Arvoles Yoran, Laz Tiyas
6. Nov 23, 2019: the Acupuncture Hour
Adon Olam

Album Review
Margy Kahn
Reviewed 2019-10-01
Aviva Chernick was the lead vocalist for the Toronto-based world music band, Jaffa Road, when she discovered the treasure of Ladino music through a mentor, Flory Jagoda. Her renditions of these songs of loss and longing that came out of a very harsh refugee experience incorporate modern jazz and other contemporary musical tropes. Beautifully evocative of other times and places.

NO FCC's; Favorite tracks: 5, 6, 9,

1- A Ti, Espanya – 4:18-- by Aviva's teacher, Flory Jagoda, an original song in Ladino of the Jews' longing for Spain after they were expelled; sweet and simple

2-- Min Hameitzar-4:52 –lyrics from Psalm118:5 – in English and Hebrew; mysterious

3 –Kol Dodi –4:10 – lyrics from Song of Songs 5:2 set to a modern-sounding minor key melody; has spoken words two thirds of the way through

4—Buena Semana –4:32 – song composed by Jagoda in Ladino, the language of the Jews of medieval Spain and the Sephardic Jews in the diaspora, “A Good Week for All”

*5 –La Sirena- 3:45-- traditional Ladino song of a girl in a tower who calls to passing sailors; lyrics in English as well

*6—Arvoles Yoran –4:55 – “Trees Cry for Rain,” the dryness of the trees as a metaphor for the refugee in a strange land crying for her beloved

7—Esta Montanya de Enfrente –4:56- traditional Ladino “The Mountain Ahead” – lovely mandolin accenting the recuerdos of the song

8—Laz Tiyas—2:43 – rhythmic with pretty harmony and little yells

*9—Adon Olam –4:14 –liturgical poem in Hebrew set to traditional Yemenite melody; mysterious and beautiful

10—Rikordus di mi Nona -1:42-- written by Flory Jagoda, remembering the grandmas; a capella; heartfelt

Track Listing
1. A Ti, Espanya   6. Arvoles Yoran
2. Min Hameitzar   7. Esta Montanya De Enfrente
3. Kol Dodi   8. Laz Tiyas
4. Buena Semana   9. Adon Olam
5. La Sirena   10. Rikordus Di Mi Nona