Re: Sephardic instruments popular in Bodrum and Rhodes #general #sephardic


Leon Taranto
 

I am Rhodesli, and from Atlanta. My mother had an uncle, born in the 1880s in Izmir, who played a pear-shaped string instrument, an oud, which is of Middle Eastern origin. It variously has from 9-10 to about 13 strings. Since the Jewish community of Rhodes was, before the island’s transfer to Italy in 1912, very closely connected to the much larger community of Izmir, the oud might have been popular also on Rhodes. HIs mother, by the way, was from Rhodes, from a Capelluto-Alhadeff family. My mother’s family is largely from Izmir, and before that from Rhodes. My father’s family, similarly and conversely, is largely from Rhodes, and before that from Izmir.

Leon Taranto
Rockville, MD

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