DeLeon uses their own distinctive style of rock to transform ancient Sephardic folk music into a sound that is both brand new and centuries old. The band, named for 12th Century Kabalistic philosopher Moses DeLeon and front man Daniel Saks’ great-grandfather Giorgio DeLeon, reconciles Saks’ family’s cultural journey with his modern influences. By re-imagining these old melodies as contemporary pieces, DeLeon has given the world at large a unique chance to experience the deeply mysterious and entrancing cadences of the ancient Sephardic tradition, and to do it while dancing. They’ve released two albums on JDub Records (DeLeon, Casata) and have toured North America and Europe with other like-minded bands such as Gogol Bordello, Os Mutantes, Ozomatli and Balkan Beat Box. Their 3rd album Tremor Fantasma, recorded in Saks’s home in Mexico City was released in late 2012.
In 2013, frontman Dan Saks debuted a night of Sephardic Songs and Stories at the Washington Jewish Music Festival. This event is perfect for more intimate events.
– Lila Corwin Berman, Director, Feinstein Center for American Jewish History
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA