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Voice of the Turtle is a musical group specializing in Sephardic music. VotT is unique in its emphasis on doing original historical research before making recordings. The band members travel the world looking for documents of Sephardic songs, and also interview community members who may remember particular musical arrangements. Their work is of both musical and historical import. An article in Rootsworld says,
"Based in Boston, Voice of the Turtle is one of the best-known groups performing Sephardic music in America. Theirs is an unusual marriage of artists who see the power of music more than just a presentation to a concert audience. 'We are all galvanized by the idea that it is critically important to preserve oral traditions in any culture. It's not so much about preserving Sephardic music but encouraging people to look at their own culture. Take from the people around you the treasures that are often missed. Learn to value the treasures that the elders have brought with them,' says Wachs." 
The group members are:
- Derek Burrows
- Lisle Kulbach
- Jay Rosenberg
- Judith Wachs
History and Recordings
The group was established in 1978, and has more than eight full-length recordings. Six recordings were published by Titanic Records, a leading publisher of early music. The book "Sacred Song in America" by Stephen Marini contains a detailed history of the group, including the story of how Wachs (who comes from an Ashkenazic Jewish background) first came to be interested in Sephardic music. 
Music by Voice of the Turtle is often described as unusual. The recording "A Different Night, a Passover Musical Anthology," contains 23 versions of the song Chad Gadya. The New York Times comments (regarding the album "From the Shores of the Golden Horn': Music of the Spanish Jews of Turkey,") that "far from being esoteric, this powerfully expressive repertory will leave no one unmoved."
Languagues and Instruments
Voice of the Turtle sings in a variety of languages typical of Sephardic music, including not only Spanish, Hebrew, and English, but also Judeo-Spanish (Ladino), Aramaic, Yiddish, Judeo-Italian, Judeo-Provencal, and Judeo-Arabic.
- ↑ "Voice of the Turtle". http://voiceoftheturtle.com. Retrieved 2008-10-11.
- ↑ "Interview: Voice of the Turtle's Judith Wachs". Rootsworld. http://www.rootsworld.com/interview/vot.html. Retrieved 2008-10-12.
- ↑ "Judith T. (Steinbaum) Wachs". http://www.legacy.com/bostonglobe/DeathNotices.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonID=118686520. Retrieved 2008-10-11.
- ↑ "Judith Wachs, 70; brought new life to Sephardic music". The Boston Globe. 2008-10-19. http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/obituaries/articles/2008/10/19/judith_wachs_70_brought_new_life_to_sephardic_music/?page=1. Retrieved 2008-10-19.
- ↑ "Titanic Records Artists". http://titanicrecords.com/artists.htm#Artist. Retrieved 2007-10-12.
- ↑ Stephen A. Marini. "Sacred Song in America: Religion, Music, and Popular Culture". http://books.google.com/books?id=ALHGyUwKuogC&pg=PA147&lpg=PA147&dq=voice+of+the+turtle+wachs&source=web&ots=yqTwkndW9m&sig=C8onO8Wewxs0qvtZsRh-sgFDWmc&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=10&ct=result#PPP1,M1. Retrieved 2008-10-12.
- ↑ "Home Entertainment/Recordings: Recent Releases". The New York Times. 1990-02-18. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE2DC1E39F93BA25751C0A966958260&sec=&spon=&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink. Retrieved 2008-10-12.