Edery Sings Yupanqui (Sefarad Records, 2012)
Guitarist and singer Gerard Edery is well known as a leading performer of Sephardic music. On Edery Sings Yupanqui, the polyglot musician centers his attention on the songs of renowned Argentine folk singer-songwriter and guitarist Atahualpa Yupanqui. Although Yupanqui passed away in 1992, his music still reverberates throughout South America.
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.
“In 1991 I had the incredibly good fortune of meeting and singing for the great Atahualpa Yupanqui,” says Edery. “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.”
Gerard Edery skillfully delivers the mesmeric Argentine musical poetry of Atahualpa Yupanqui with a wide-ranging palette of unforgettable songs.