Summer Solstice June 21 <>Make Music New York
Chris Rael of longtime L.E.S. Indo-pop band Church of Betty returns to Le Petit Versailles with new acoustic ensemble The Lazarus Rose, performing ancient Spanish Sephardic songs with contemporary world music instrumentation. These songs are mostly in Ladino language (one in Hebrew). Rael will sing and play Indian sitar, guitarra Portugese, 12-string guitar and Turkish zas. He will be joined by Bulgarian singer Vlada Tomova, violinist Emi Simeonov, bassoonist Claire de Brunner and Church of Betty's Marlon Cherry on djembe. The group will also play several Church of Betty chestnuts, and may be joined by surprise special guests. Chris and LPV go way back and share history and community in the L.E.S.