about women's spirituality, Jewish mysticism, and Sephardic music and
cultural traditions. Paloma's explanations of the place of women in creation
are critically important for both men and women in our times. It is a
delightful read that ranges from fable to Kabbalistic meditations, and
it is grounded in religious practice and study of the Torah.
Mystic Siren is beautifully designed, and it is a unique artistic
and scholarly collaboration between this talented mother-daughter team.
Gloria Abella Ballen, the artist and designer, has won numerous international
awards with recognition from UNESCO and the National Endowment for the
Arts among others. Her work is in the collections of modern art museums
in the United States, Mexico, and Colombia.
Paloma is an internationally known performance artist, author, and lecturer
on music and Judaism, as well as being a scholar in the field of women's
spirituality. In addition to solo work, she founded and co-directs Flor
de Serena, a Judeo-Spanish ensemble. She is a Research Associate of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute of Brandeis University, her work on
Judeo-Spanish song and mysticism has been supported by
the Fulbright Commission, Maurice Amado Foundation, California Council for the Humanities, The
Righteous Person's Foundation, and American Sephardi Federation among
others. She has performed widely from the United States and Israel to
Europe, South America, and China.
Paloma writes with a modern sensibility and an old school bohemian romance.
This little book is an unusual mix of fable and spiritual wisdom that
will elevate and enrich the reader, even the parent who is reading to
David Suissa, Editor, Olam Magazine
Vanessa Paloma...is a passionate scholar and performer of songs from
the Sephardic Diaspora from North Africa to Turkey...
National Public Radio
this richness of heritage to her work as an author, performer, teacher
and preserver of Ladino songs and music.
de Serena's [Vanessa Paloma plus group]Éartistic Ladino landcape is marked
by elegance and emotionÉconveying both these elements with intoxicating
skillÉSerena is an ethnic music lover's dreamÉ
Ben Jacobson, The Jerusalem Post
Vanessa Paloma is one of the most extraordinary
treasures of Los Angeles.
-- Judy Mitoma, Director, World Festival
of Sacred Music, Los Angeles