Judeo-Provencal music – The musical traditions of old Jewish communities from the Comtat Venaissin

A radio broadcast of the French Center of Jewish Music, hosted by Hervé Roten

MUSIQUES JUIVES D’HIER ET D’AUJOURD’HUI – TUESDAY MAY 10, 2011, JUDAÏQUES FM (94.8), 21H00. Radio program in French

The recent release of the CD « Judeo-Provencal music » by the band Nekouda gives us an occasion to talk about the music of old Jewish communities from the Comtat Venaissin, of which the tradition totally vanished today.

The discussion between the historian Carol Iancu of the university of Montpellier, the ethnomusicologist Hervé Roten and the musician Alain Huet, creator of the Judeo-Provencal band Nekouda, will bring a new light on this old music of Provencal Jews, of which a part has been preserved in the liturgical repertoire of the Jews from Avignon, Carpentras, L’Isle-sur-Sorgues and Cavaillon.

Learn more about Nekouda and the CD Musiques judéo-provençales


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 for 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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