Hidden sides of Hélène Engel, author, composer and performer of Jewish music.

A radio program from the European Institute for Jewish Music, hosted by Hervé Roten.

MUSIQUES JUIVES D’HIER ET D’AUJOURD’HUI - TUESDAY 4TH JULY 2017, JUDAÏQUES FM (94.8), 21H05

Hélène Engel is a singer with a classical training, a musicologist, author, composer, performer and arranger. Specialized in Jewish folklore, she sings in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, as well as French, English or other languages.

After having studied musicology and classical singing in Strasbourg and Paris, Hélène Engel becomes passionate of Jewish music, from the collecting on field to contemporary compositions, from known folkloric songs to rare and ignored gems, passing by the socio-ethnologic research.

At the beginning of the 1980’s, she joins a Group of Yiddish Artistic Research created by Jacques and Catherine Grober, Violette Szmajer, Batia Baum, Paul Szpielgman and Yitskhok Niborski, under the impulse of Bernard Vaisbrot. This group presents in Paris and other French cities shows with yiddish songs and poetry, and publishes in 1986 a collective audio cassette, The Golden Peacock, with Laurent Grynszpan on the piano, Odile Lavault on the accordion and Michel Gorlicki on the guitar.

In 1985, Hélène Engel releases her first album called Chansons traditionnelles juives (Traditional Jewish Songs). This record will be followed by four other discs: La Serena (1988), Errance (1992), Ay Lu Lu (1995) and Voyage (2007).

In 1993, Hélène Engel settles in Montreal (Canada) where she continues her carrier as a singer. She performs regularly in festivals in France and Europe. She also sings occasionally as a cantorial soloist at the Temple Emanu-El Beth Shalom of Montreal.

At the end of the 1990’s, she starts studies of musicotherapy at the Quebec University in Montreal, and will obtain a diploma in 2000. In 2005, she creates the Hélène Engel Trio, in which the repertoire is dedicated to Jewish music of all around the world, and in which she incorporates some of her own compositions and works from other contemporary artists. Finally she hosts since 2007 a weekly radio program on Radio-Shalom Montreal, called “The hidden sides of Jewish Music”.

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