Vocalist/guitarist Susan Gaeta is an important member of a new generation of musicians who are exploring the rich and varied traditions of Sephardic music. Originally from Connecticut, where her grandfather played clarinet in a Klezmer band and acted in Yiddish theater productions, Susan lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina for eight years, where she performed classic jazz and traditional Argentinian folk songs.
After moving back to the United States, Susan continued her explorations in jazz, and toured with legendary Sephardic singer Flory Jagoda, a National Heritage Fellow. She also sang with Colors of the Flame, a trio of musicians dedicated to preserving Sephardic songs. In 2002, Susan was selected to participate in The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities “Master-Apprentice” program. During her year-long apprenticeship, Susan began performing as a soloist, continuing Flory Jagoda’s Sephardic traditions for today’s audiences. Susan recently released her first solo album, titled From Her Nona’s Drawer, and continues to tour as a soloist, with her own Sephardi Ensemble, and with Flory.