Saltiel’s music embodies the depth of his experiences. His concerts are
inspired and heartwarming, always with an ear toward bringing people of
diverse backgrounds together. His audience participatory "Niggunim"
concerts in Europe paved the way for future generations to adopt his style
of gently leading passive listeners into active singing. His concerts
intersperse humorous spiritual anecdotes with subtly molded music, and
include Sufi, Turkish, Greek, and Bulgarian Sephardic music.
Aron was born in the Ladino-speaking community of Istanbul of descendants
of Sephardic Jews who were exiled from Spain in 1492. His first contact
with Sephardic and Turkish music was in his home, where he absorbed the
singing of his grandmother. Later he learned that many of the songs she
sang to him were shared by Turks, Jews and Greeks, which led him to explore
the galvanizing potential of music in these languages and cultures. Aron
is still acknowledged as one of the world’s experts on Sephardic music,
and has served as advisor and radio producer for both Jewish and Islamic
music for Austrian national Radio (ORF) and West German Radio (WDR).
In 1971 Aron graduated from vocational school and worked as an immigrant
worker in Switzerland and Germany. From 1973-1977 he studied Linguistics
and Translation at the University of Graz, Austria, which eventually led
to his working as translator for various government and educational institutions.
Aron completed his training in psychotherapy in Switzerland and presently
works as both a psychotherapist as well as a Breema bodywork practitioner.
His musical interests led him to study voice with Hedda Szamosi in Vienna,
following which he founded the group, Alondra with Marie-Thérèse
Escribano and Wolfram Märzendorfer. Although the term and precepts
of "World Music" would not take hold until the late 1980s, throughout
the early 1980s Alondra offered concerts dedicated to the performance
of Jewish and Islamic music. Their concerts were seen as path-forging,
and brought them invitations to renowned festivals such as the Steierische
Herbst Festival, Graz, the Wiener Festwochen, the Semana de Musica
Antigua, Burgos, the Festival des Arts Traditionnels, Rennes.
Aron’s work in both collecting music and linguistics led to the seminal
Sephardic Songbook (C. F. Peters Verlag Frankfurt) in 2001, based on field
recordings between 1976 and 1996 in Bat-Yam, Israel, Sarajevo, Thessaloniki
He has been invited to give solo as well as group concerts throughout
Europe and the United States and continues to give workshops and participatory
concerts of Hasidic Niggunim. His concerts are considered to be not only
fun and exciting, but also uplifting with the power to bring people together.
Aron Saltiel - Kantigas de boda Project - 2010
1982 Chants Judeo-Espagnols (LP, Arion France)
1996 "Aron Saltiel singt jiddische Lieder", CD
2001 "Cantigas Sefardies", CD
Sephardic Songbook, 2001, C. F. Peters Verlag, Frankfurt, together with