Denis Cuniot, the inventor of the klezmer piano

A radio program from the European Institute of Jewish Music hosted by Hervé Roten

MUSIQUES JUIVES D’HIER ET D’AUJOURD’HUI – September 26, 2017, JUDAÏQUES FM (94.8), 21H05. Radio program in French


Pianist, composer, storyteller, Denis Cuniot is one of the main instigator of the renewal of French klezmer music. He published to this day around 20 discs, in solo, duo, trio or in a group (in particular with the Orient Express Moving Shnorers that he created in 1995 with Philippe Briegh).

From his first collaborations with the clarinet player Nano Peylet to the Yiddish songs of Bruno Girard (from the band Bratsch), from the jest of the clarinet player Yom to the rock-punk performances of the guitarist David Konopnicki, Denis Cuniot explores since the beginning of the 1980’s the fertile soil of klezmer music. His goal: to make sound a vanished world, and imagining the evolution that klezmer music could have had if it had survived in its original lands ; that music becomes a source of inspiration, invention and improvisation for musicians around the world, true music standards… Like jazz.

Denis Cuniot dares to mix jazz, rock, African music or even Indian raga with klezmer music. His unique way of playing the piano is immediately recognizable.

Denis Cuniot, the inventor of klezmer piano in the French way. An exciting program where a man reveals himself through his music…

Read a biography of Denis Cuniot
Look at Denis Cuniot’s website
Look at and listen to excerpts from archives around Denis Cuniot
Watch the conference The revival of klezmer music – Hervé Roten and Denis Cuniot
herve_photo_retouche_fond_uni_bleu_500px.jpgOfficer of the Ordre of Arts and letters, PhD in musicology at Paris University Sorbonne, prize-winning graduate from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Hervé Roten is the director of the European Institute of Jewish Music since its creation in 2006.
Ethnomusicologist, he quickly developed an interest in the safeguard and digitization of archives, subjects he taught for several years in Reims and Marne-La-Vallée universities.
Author of many articles, books and recordings related to Jewish music, producer of radio programs, Hervé Roten is recognized today as one of the best specialists of Jewish music in the world.

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