Susan Gaeta

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Susan Gaeta is a talented singer and guitar player who in 2002 apprenticed with National Heritage Fellow Flory Jagoda in the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program and is now a Master Artist in that program. Flory Jagoda is known as “the keeper of the flame” for carrying on the unique musical heritage of Sephardic songs and culture in the United States. Susan’s apprenticeship with Flory blossomed into a lifelong friendship and musical partnership, with Susan mastering the Sephardic singing style, traditional songs, and Flory’s own compositions. In 2017, Susan passed on Flory’s songs and stories to apprentice Gina Sobel, a multi-instrumentalist based in Charlottesville. The duo traveled to Cuba in 2019 with the Virginia Folklife Program to participate in a Jewish cultural exchange with Cuban musicians. Susan is also a member of Trio Sefardi.

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