The Matrouz by Simon Elbaz

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

MUSIQUES JUIVES D’HIER ET D’AUJOURD’HUI – TUESDAY JANUARY 14, 2014, JUDAÏQUES FM (94.8), 21H05. Radio program in French


Coming from an Arabic word evoking the art of embroidery, the Matrouz is a traditional process that consists in inserting in Hebrew poetry stanzas in Arabic. In North African countries, the Matrouz was often said aloud or sung in the Jewish communities.

Native of Morocco, Simon Elbaz, author, comedian, composer and singer, renews the Matrouz repertoire, by intertwining languages (Hebrew, Arabic, French, Latin, Judeo-Spanish…) and genres (music, songs and theatre). Taking his inspiration in the poetic and musical tradition of Christian, Muslim and Jewish Andalusia, a creates a new kind of show, attached to tradition, but clearly opened to the future.

During this radio broadcast, Simon Elbaz will make us discover several compositions of the Matrouz.
A musical journey in the land of the one thousand and one voices…

See the website of the Matrouz and Simon Elbaz
Watch DVD samples

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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