Helene Engel is a classically trained singer, musicologist, composer, lyricist and arranger. A native of Paris, France, she is a specialist in Jewish folklore singing in Yiddish, Hebrew, and Judeo-Spanish, English, French and numerous other languages.
She is passionate about every aspect of Jewish music, from ethnological field work collecting old songs to new compositions, from traditional folk songs to discovering exceptional and unknown melodies. Her tours include regular appearances at festivals in France and elsewhere in Europe. Now based in Montreal, she is occasionally the cantorial soloist at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom and a permanent choir member at Shaare Zion.
Through her years of Judaic research and exploration, Helene Engel has brought together a broad repertoire of melodies, music, and texts in Yiddish, Hebrew, Judeo-Spanish, Russian, French, English and other languages. The show visits those little but precious moments of Jewish life full of flavour, humour, melancholy and joy, including Helene’s own compositions.