Descendant of Middle-Eastern Jews who fled from Iraq and Syria to Mexico City due to religious persecution in the early 1920’s and 40’s, Nuriya was born in Mexico City and grew up between Mexico, L.A., and New York. She is a product of both Middle Eastern and Latin American cultures, and her favorite foods still play to this amalgamation: ‘shawarma con salsa’ and ‘tacos con tahini.’ Her musical stylings and training represent this unique combination: she studied folkloric music and dance with the Muñequitos of Mantanzas in Cuba, and ancient Hebrew and Arabic melodies in Israel with Yair Dalal. In 2007, she toured Europe with Babylon Circus as a singer and composer. Nuriya’s current band is a fusion of Latin, Middle-Eastern and Arabic-Flamenco music, hip-hop and reggae.
A soul-stirring program, “The Spirit of Sepharad” traces the unique migration of the Sephardim from medieval Spain, across North Africa, to the Middle East and beyond. Combining music, dance, narration and illuminating projections, this dynamic mixed-media performance brings to life all the rich cultural strains of the Sephardic Diaspora. Featuring an array of virtuoso musicians from multiple disciplines, the Gerard Edery Ensemble includes songs and instrumental music of secular and liturgical origin from Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Algeria, Greece, Syria, Turkey, Ancient Persia, The Balkans, Israel and Kurdistan (then, as now, part of
Iran, Turkey and Iraq).