- Repertoire Songs of the Argentine folklore master Atahualpa Yupanqui.
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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.
In 1991 I had the incredibly good fortune of meeting and singing for the great Atahualpa Yupanqui. A dinner had been organized by the Argentine community in his honor on the eve of what was to be his last concert at Carnegie Hall. I was asked by the organizing committee to sing some of his own songs for him. Yupanqui had been my musical hero and greatest inspiration since my teenage years. I was always deeply moved by his ability to communicate his beautiful poetry through song and masterful guitar playing.
His style was unique, drawing on classical, flamenco and folklore rhythms of Argentina like the Zamba, Chacarera, Bailecito, Vidala and many more. He always performed alone and created deep poetry with every piece. He would launch into recitations of his prose then do an amazing guitar instrumental and then play songs of such beauty and deep emotion that it left you speechless. So you can imagine my excitement, and my fear, when asked to provide music for the evening. I was young, green and sufficiently arrogant that I managed to pull it off to everyone’s satisfaction.
My hero sat quietly, ponderously and when I was beckoned to his side he revealed himself to be a humble and deeply spiritual man. So warm, thoughtful and generous that my love and respect for him grew tenfold at least. I had brought all my LPs of his music for him to autograph which he did adding some lovely and kind words. That evening remains preciously etched in my consciousness and I continued singing his songs with ever greater passion and love. This has culminated in the current project of a CD of some of his greatest songs as well as Edery Sings Yupanqui. I feel blessed to have had this remarkable artist in my life to inspire and comfort me. Con todo mi corazón, gracias Don Ata!