Mit atemberaubender Stimme und eindringlich-melodischen Liedern, vollgepackt mit Emotionen, versteht es Mor Karbassi ihr Publikum zu fesseln. Das Schaffen der Sängerin ist nicht nur inspiriert von ihrem eigenen jüdischen Erbe, sondern ebenso beeinflusst vom sinnlichen spanischen Flamenco und der Melancholie des Fado.
Aus alten Zeiten, über Meere und Kontinente hinweg weht diese Musik zu uns und trägt alles in sich, was ihr auf dem Weg begegnet ist. Mor Karbasi, in Jerusalem als Tochter eines Vaters persischer und einer Mutter marokkanischer Herkunft geboren, steht mit ihrem Gesang in der Tradition der Sepharden – der seit römischen oder gar vor-römischen Zeiten in Spanien lebenden Juden, die sich nach ihrer Vertreibung aus dem Land ab 1492 überall in der Mittelmeerregion niederließen. Ihre Musik wie auch ihre Sprache – Ladino – nahm Einflüsse aus all den Kulturen auf, mit denen die Sepharden im Laufe der Zeit in Berührung kamen. Mor Karbasi lernte viele traditionelle Melodien schon als Kind von ihrer Mutter, wie es in der sephardischen Kultur seit jeher der Brauch ist. Aber auch Flamenco und Fado klingen in ihrer Musik an. Karbasis Repertoire reicht von alten jüdischen Liedern bis zu Eigenkompositionen, gesungen in Ladino, Hebräisch und Spanisch. Ihr außergewöhnlicher Gesang umfasst ein breites Spektrum der Emotionen: vom sanften Hauchen bis zum lauten Klagen – begleitet von großen Gesten und von: Jorge Bravo (git), Amir Wahba (perc) und Kai Eckardt, dem ehemaligen Bassisten der John McLaughlin-Band.
Eine unverwechselbare Sängerin, deren Musik stark von Flamenco und Fado beeinflusst, vor allem aber von ihrer jüdischen Herkunft geprägt ist. Mor Karbasi singt in Hebräisch, Spanisch und Ladino, die Sprache der ab 1492 emigrierten Juden aus Spanien. Die Sängerin hat 2008 mit ihrem Debutalbum «Beauty» in der Worldmusic-Szene internationale Bekanntheit erreicht, mit den Nachfolge-Alben «La Hija de la Primavera» und «La Tsadika» knüpft sie daran an.
Mor Karbasi burst onto the global world music scene in 2008 with the release of her first album, and has continued to capture audiences internationally with her truly exceptional voice The story that is told by her music, in which you are taken on a journey around the Mediterranean, to Morocco and her native Israel, to an age and civilization that is long gone, and yet still in the here and now. Mor’s first album ‘Beauty and the Sea’ received rave reviews. She was immediately mentioned alongside such renowned singers as Mariza and Estrella Morente. But as Robin Denselow in The Guardian puts it “ Mor has her own individual approach and she sounds as dramatic as she looks, switching effortlessly from the songs that mix Flamenco with North African…to old Ladino songs. Her voice is remarkable as she mixes delicacy, power and control, as she moves between rousing harsh edged songs and spine tingling subtlety.”. Karbasi has already performed in many countries: Italy, Great Britain, Portugal, Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, France, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Turkey and Morocco as well as the United States and South America, to great popular acclaim.
All her influences come together in her predominately Sephardic Jewish repertoire: from traditional Jewish songs, to her own contemporary compositions. Ladino speaking Jews, were forced to leave Spain in the 15th century, as a result of the Catholic unification of the two main Spanish Kingdoms, and defeat and expulsion of the Moors.
“To me Ladino is the most beautiful, melodic and magical language I can imagine. I hope to bring its richness to many people. I feel it is my mission to convey the power of those 500 year old melodies and lyrics. Ladino is a language full of vitality – and as far as I’m concerned – It is a perfect vehicle to express every aspect of being a woman.”
In Mor’s music you can hear the unmistakable influences of both Flamenco and Fado. Musical influences include such great talents as Um Kulthum, Amalia Rodrigues, Madre Deus, and Mercedes Sosa, and legendary flamenco singers such as Manuel Vallejo, Pepe Marchena, Juanito Valderrama and Niña de los Peines, and many others. Mor started writing her own material, in the spirit of the Sephardi repertoire in order to revive it and as a way to search for her own voice.
The catalyst for this creative process was a chance meeting with a special young guitarist called Joe Taylor, in a small town where the desert meets the red sea – Dahab in the Sinai.
About meeting Joe she says: “I was walking along by the sea one evening when suddenly I heard the sound of a guitar. This was quite unusual in a place like Dahab so of course I wanted to see where it was coming from… and there was an English boy attached to the guitar! I sat there, in a candle lit cafe by the water and sang along to what he played, and from that moment our special musical connection began.”
Mor Karbasi - Vocals
Joe Taylor - Guitars
Jorge Bravo - Guitars
Yaron Stavi - Bass
Amir Wahba - Percussion
They continued to keep in touch and eventually decided to be together. By the time Mor actually moved to London to be with Joe, they had written several songs together, Many of them were written over the phone. Apart from being musically connected, they are also partners in life. They moved to Seville together creating songs along the way…..
“I wanted to be where it all began” she says. Spain is the home for these songs. I can feel it strongly. ” I find that i know the streets of Andalucia, like i can not get lost here, even though i have never been here before…maybe i have… maybe the soul remembers”. Living in seville has opened other exciting doors for her. She has already collaborated with the finest flamenco artists in the scene: Andres Marin Flamenco dancer, Concha vargas, Jesus mendez, Tomatito (guitar). Her intense studies and interest in Flamenco music has also led her to collaborate with Salvador gutierrez (flamenco guitarist ) on her last album La Tsadika on two of the tracks. ”La Tsadika” represents many of the influences that Mor and Joe have absorbed in the lastyears and has led to some fantastic collaborations.
“La Tsadika” has already received rave reviews by prestigious papers , and radio stations such as BBC, Financial times, Songlines magazine multi page feature and in Mondomix.
Karbasi is touring this album in Festivals and theatres in : France, Belgium, Holland, UK, Israel, Spain, and writing the material for an eagerly awaited fourth recording due in Spring 2016