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The Gerard Edery Ensemble
The Gerard Edery Ensemble explores the rich complex of varied musical traditions bequeathed to us by a cosmopolitan Renaissance civilization that reached its peak in the Golden Age of Spain. Commanding songs in some dozen languages, including French, Spanish, Ladino, Hebrew and Arabic, these gifted musicians engage the antique repertoire as a living legacy, combining stylistic authority with an immense creative and recreative flair.

Gerard Edery (guitars/vocals) brings a vibrant, classically-trained baritone and the skills of a virtuoso guitarist to his original compositions and to the Judeo-Spanish literature, infusing inventive harmonies into his intricate arrangements. Born in Morocco and raised in France and the United States, he was honored with the Sephardic Musical Heritage Award.

Rex Benincasa (percussion/back-up vocals) is one of the New York area’s most versatile and sought after percussionists, with a particular mastery of Flamenco and Middle Eastern styles. He has investigated the Sephardic heritage with Gerard Edery in a longtime collaboration spanning several continents.

Meg Okura (violin) is one of the new comers on the jazz violin scene today. She performs regularly with her Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble at New York venues such as Makor and Stone as well as touring Europe. She has also performed as the jazz violinist for the Cirque du Soleil's "VAREKAI”. Meg also appears regularly at Lincoln Center’s Kaplan Penthouse with Dave Eggar for the Meet the Artist program, performing classical violin repertoire to jazz and all styles of music.

Sean Kupisz (bass) was born in Long Beach, California and began his bass studies with his uncle at age 8. He has composed music for the PBS Documentary International High and toured with the flamenco group Amanacer founded by Peter Cortez and Igor el Ruso. He is a permanent faculty member of the American Institute of Guitar as an upright and electric bass instructor.

Christian Puig (flamenco guitar) was born and raised in Argentina. Immersed in a rich musical culture, Puig began playing the guitar at an early age. A master of flamenco and Spanish guitar, he has impressed audiences with his innate talent. His cultural authority and technical virtuosity have made him the most sought-after guitarist in the US Flamenco scene. He has performed in numerous flamenco festivals around the country including the Breaking Lines Dance Festival, and Dance Boom! He is also the musical director and guitarist of acclaimed female flamenco group, Pasion y Arte.

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