Aviva Chernick, La Serena | The Vinyl Anachronist

Aviva Chernick’s new album La Sirena immediately reminds me of two recent albums I’ve reviewed–Sofia Ribeiro’s Lunga and Alex Cuba’s Sublime–and not just because of the language difference. Ribeiro is from Portugal and sings in Portuguese, Cuba is Cuban and sings in Spanish, and Aviva Chernick sings in both English and Spanish and was raised in Toronto as a Ashkenazi Jew. She discovered the songs of Sephardic Jewish musician Flory Jagoda and became entranced by the Judeo-Spanish poetry in Jagoda’s works, and she has dedicated La Sirena to that specific mix of cultures, known as Ladino. What Ribeiro, Cuba and Aviva Chernick have in common is a pure, beautiful voice that’s full of emotion. All three of these albums have an approach that mixes pop elements with folk music. La Serena stands out because Aviva Chernick moves so closely to some of the folk-rock we listened to in the ’70s from singers such as Joni Mitchell and Carole King. There’s an easy quality to these songs, with mostly acoustic instrumentation (although an electric guitar pops in once in a while), and yet it’s invigorating when the Balkan and Spanish influences slide into the melodies. We’re reminded that Aviva Chernick is … Continue reading Aviva Chernick, La Serena | The Vinyl Anachronist