Kativar is Ladino for captivate. As their name suggests, the Kativar trio captivates audiences with their performances of portraying the oral traditional Sephardic songs from a variety of places such as Turkey, Morocco, Greece, the Northern Balkans and other parts of the Mediterranean. Tomás Lozano, Dena El Saffar and Tim Moore bring to life these tunes with their voices and instruments.
Kativar showcases the complexity and richness of the Sephardic rhythms and sounds with their supporting instrumentation that includes oud, viola, djoze, guitar, dumbeck, riqq, naqqarat and bendir. Their repertoire contains a wide range of Ladino themes: wedding songs, ballads, the cycle of Purim and Pesah, lullabies and love songs. As a complement to the songs, Tomás Lozano weaves a continuous thread of historical facts, social functions, stories, and cycles of life proper to the Sephardim.
Kativar’s music has been featured in a documentary directed by Miguel Ángel Nieto, called: Tu boca en los cielos (Your Wishes In Heaven), Aired on December 2nd, 2018 for the national TV in Spain, TV2, the documentary tells the stories of the Sephardim from North Africa.
Wide-ranging Ladino themes including wedding songs, ballads, the cycle of Purim and Pesah, lullabies and love songs.
Voice, viola, oud, djoze, guitar, dumbeck, riqq, naqqarat and bendir.
Presenter, Tomás Lozano, offers insight about the form and aesthetics as he weaves a continuous an entertaining thread of historical facts, social functions, stories, and cycles of life proper to the Sephardim.