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Press Quotes and Appreciations

The Jewish Daily Forward

A one-man Sephardic music industry. He always seems to be working on something new.

— The Jewish Daily Forward

Gerard Edery is a harmonic convergence of music, language and cultures.

— Green Bay Press

WBAI-FM, New York

…One of the most exciting concerts we’ve ever seen!

— WBAI-FM, New York

A fine celebration of tradition

— Story Bag

Latino Magazine, L.A.

Gerard Edery, the noted Morocco-born singer and guitarist, is famed for his mastery of Spain’s Sephardic music. His flamenco-grounded guitar stylings and mesmerizing voice add a new dimension to Yupanqui classics.

— Latino Magazine, L.A.

Pure and powerful singing, exquisite percussion, and virtuoso guitar arrangements abound in this beautiful collection of Spanish Songs by The Gerard Edery Ensemble.

— CD Baby

Powerfully expressive…a lush experience.

— Paul Wieder, JUF NEWS

Canadian Jewish News

Together, the three ‘sons’ entertain and inspire with a history-tugging repertoire which encompasses Ladino, Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew and even English renditions of age-old, traditional melodies and the occasional modern creation.

— Canadian Jewish News

This enchanting blend combines the rich baritone of Sephardic singer-guitarist, Gerard Edery, with the captivating skills of storytelling doyenne, Peninnah Schram.

— Hadassah Magazine

The record’s brilliant facets shine in a different light when the rhythm section, at times, brings a rock feel to a world beat, while tying everything together is the omnipresent flamenco guitar. Edery masterfully fills out the ensemble with beautiful arpeggios and embellishments and brings the songs to life.

— URJ Books and Music

The Austinist

Master singer, guitarist and musical folklorist Gerard Edery draws from a globetrotting range of musical styles…plaintive baritone and awe-inspiring guitar virtuosity.

— The Austinist

The New York Jewish Week

Edery and his band are among the best interpreters of Sephardic Music in the business.

— The New York Jewish Week

The New York Times

Gerard Edery, a master of Sephardic song, turns Adina Ruskin’s verses into a rich mixture of Latin American musical genres… the ability to combine Ms. Ruskin’s lyrics and the emotional expressions into a single human outcry is remarkable…

— The New York Times

Il Messaggero, Italy

A fascinating mosaic of song

— Il Messaggero, Italy

Jewish Week, New York

Edery has assembled what is probably the strongest ensemble of musicians in his lengthy and highly productive career.

— Jewish Week, New York

The Jerusalem Post

Edery is a musical magician.

— The Jerusalem Post

Jewish Herald Voice, Houston

Gerard Edery and Flamenco Sepharad are no museum curators. They’ve taken Sephardic Jewish Oldies and unfrozen the music by incorporating contemporary Nuevo Flamenco melodic and jazz rhythmic elements. The result is a Jewish music that retains its roots while sounding as fresh as if it had just come off a Barcelona dance floor

— Jewish Herald Voice, Houston

Edery’s rich forceful baritone, the instrumental and percussion back-ups and sultry vocals add up to passionate and virtuoso musical experiences.

— Ottawa Bulletin

The New York Times

Gerard Edery, a master of Sephardic song…

— The New York Times

Jewish Herald Voice

An excellent CD with a wide dynamic range performed by talented musicians. Highly recommended.

— Jewish Herald Voice

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Edery… handled languages and stylistic details impeccably.

— Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Gerard knows how to tap into this musical legacy with commanding vocals, light percussion, and airy guitar stylings that are intimate, meditative, and alluring. The folksy rhythms are equally dosed in rays of Latin sunshine […]  The thirteen tracks are folk melodies that come from the soul and strike the heart with utter tenderness and solace. Gerard should be applauded for this effort, especially since 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of Yupanqui’s death

— Matthew Forss, Inside World Music

Jewish Week, New York

With the great Lithuanian ethnomusicologist, Yiddishist and singer Maria Krupoves, Edery embarked on a global series of concerts. […] If audience reaction is any indicator, the musical collaborators have succeeded in this endeavor, with huge ovations after every song.

— Jewish Week, New York

The Jewish Week

His utter ease is more likely the product of the same self-assurance and relaxation that make him comfortable singing in a dozen different languages, playing guitar in a multitude of styles and negotiating more than a half-millennium’s worth of Sephardic cultural history.

— The Jewish Week

A.M. Guanajuato, Mexico

Gerard Edery’s vocal and guitar mastery transported those present…an artist at the height of his powers

— A.M. Guanajuato, Mexico

Los Angeles Times

…the blend of varied cultural elements comes honestly, straight out of experience.

— Los Angeles Times

As a producer and performer, Edery is a cultural powerhouse: Bringing music from many Jewish traditions together, he urges his listeners both to know that Jews are connected by the same prayers the world over, and to discover how diverse the sounds of those prayers can be.

— The Seattle Jewish Transcript

Norwich Bulletin

Like the ghost of a medieval minstrel Gerard Edery strums his guitar and sings hauntingly.

— Norwich Bulletin

Edery Sings Yupanqui is a masterful tribute to the folk rhythms of Argentina, such as like the zamba, chacarera, bailecito, vidala, and Yupanqui’s other influences. Armed with his guitar and voice (Edery is fluent in Spanish) and Daniel Ori’s upright bass, Edery delivers some of Yupanqi’s most significant songs with virtuosity and richness of detail. […] Gerard Edery skillfully delivers the mesmeric Argentine musical poetry of Atahualpa Yupanqui with a wide-ranging palette of unforgettable songs.

— Angel Romero, World Music Central

71 seductive minutes of Stories and Songs of the Jewish People, in which Schram tells the stories and the minstrel is a magical musician called Gerard Edery.

— The Jerusalem Post Magazine


A music steeped in cultural heritage and rich in tonal, harmonic and lyrical qualities.

— Billboard

Jewish Week, New York

[the songs] have to be considered among the very best things Edery has done.  ‘Adir Hu’ is downright electrifying.

— Jewish Week, New York

Detroit Jewish News

Edery infuses everything he sings with a searing intensity…

— Detroit Jewish News

Victory Review

This artist is going to be difficult to pigeon-hole. He has an operatic voice, plays excellent guitar, sings folk songs in several languages, sometimes with chorus and/or orchestra… A unique album for listeners with eclectic tastes.

— Victory Review

One doesn’t have to be Sephardic to love this affecting album.

— Jewish Jukebox

The New York Times

George Mgrdichian is the world’s unquestioned master of the oud.

— The New York Times


When a man is so passionate about what he does there is no doubt that he does it well… if you have any doubt, listen to CHANSONS D’AMOUR.


Forward, New York

‘Two Faiths, One Voice’ just might be the most culturally eclectic item in Edery’s already diverse catalog.

— Forward, New York

The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle

Your music transports the imagination and spirit.

— The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle