Se réinventer au présent : musical history of the Judeo-Spanish diaspora of France

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

MUSIQUES JUIVES D’HIER ET D’AUJOURD’HUI – Tuesday July 3, 2018, JUDAÏQUES FM (94.8), 21H00


After several years of musical research as part of her PhD, the anthropologist and ethnomusicologist Jessica Roda, who just published a book Se réinventer au présent – The Judeo-Spanish people of France. Family, community and musical heritage, give us a deep study on the construction of the Judeo-Spanish identity in France.

In this broadcast, Jessica Roda will analyse in particular in which way Judeo-Spanish music established itself in France through the association world before getting on stage. She will show the existence of interactions between the Judeo-Spanish musical scene – sometimes embodied by artists who don’t belong to this tradition – the public institutions and Judeo-Spanish communities who call upon these artists, and the families in which this heritage perpetuate, and adapting it to its new usage (the musical stage) and its new function (identity assertion).

This broadcast will also highlight the phenomena of patrimonialization of the Judeo-Spanish repertoire that aims to establish a direct filiation between Medieval Spain before the expulsion and today’s Sefardi Jews.

A deep dive into the musical history of the Judeo-Spanish diaspora of France, illustrated with many musical examples…

Learn more on Jessica Roda’s book
Search other works by Jessica Roda sur le catalogue Rachel

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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