Susan was selected as one of the top five best voices in Jewish music in the “Soundtrack of our Spirit, Jewish Voices that Move Us”, a digital project of the Forward.
VIRGINIA FOLKLIFE FELLOW
In 2002, the Virginia Folklife Program invited Susan Gaeta to participate in the Master/ Apprenticeship program with Sephardic musician and composer Flory Jagoda.
Learn more: https://virginiafolklife.org/sights-sounds/susan-gaeta/
Featured Interviews + Podcasts
SONGS OF OUR PEOPLE, SONGS OF OUR NEIGHBORS: SUSAN GAETA
Celebrate and explore the music of the international Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) singer, Susan Gaeta, who toured the world and apprenticed with the “Keeper of the Flame” Flory Jagoda. Gaeta chats with NMAJH Public Programs Manager and musician, Dan Samuels about how she came to Sephardic music, and the myriad ways she has and continues to preserve the stories and music of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award-winning ladino music legend, Flory Jagoda.
“She’s getting ready to do the teaching, to continue what I’m doing and I love that,” Jagoda says of Gaeta. “It’s not going to die!”
KOJO NNAMDI SHOW
Kojo explores the sounds of Sephardic music with Jagoda and members of the music group, Trio Sefardi.
Virginia Public Media – Peter Solomon
Virginia Folksingers Preserve The Art Of Sephardic Ballads
Electronic Press Kit
Susan celebrates a story that many have never heard before. It’s a story so important and enriching that it transports its listeners through time, and they are awakened by “a voice of lyrical purity and a heart of graceful nuance and respect” for the very people she sings about.
Jon Carroll, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and producer of Susan’s CD, “From Her Nona’s Drawer”
“Susan has a way of transporting people to a deep, spiritual place. She possesses a unique gift and she shares that gift magnificently.”
Rabbi Sid Schwarz, Author and Founding Rabbi of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation (Bethesda, MD)
“Words cannot express the depth of our gratitude for your magical and moving performance. Your music and stories filled our hearts with joy, laughter, and longing. Your exquisite voice transported us to a different time and place, when music was a central repository of collective memory. The audience’s experience was enriched by both your palpable love for the music and the grace with which you offered it to us”.
Shira Lander, Director of Religious Studies, SMU