The Matrouz by Simon Elbaz

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


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.

Documents joints


You may also like

The Darius Milhaud triptych

Saturday, June 29, 2024, 6:30 p.m. - Salle du Moulin Saint-Julien, Cavaillon (84300), an evening event celebrating the 50th anniversary…

From the Carpathians to the Balkans – A musical escapade from West to East by Kalarash & Guests

June 16, 2024, 6pm, Espace Rachi (Paris 5e), Concert FROM THE CARPATES TO THE BALKANS - A musical escapade from…

Klezmer ball workshop by the Kalarash group

June 16, 2024, 11am to 1pm at Espace Rachi (Paris 5e), Klezmer Ball workshop by the group Kalarash, proposed by…

Yerushalayim shel zahav (Jerusalem of Gold)

This playlist features 12 versions of Naomi Shemer's famous song, Jerusalem of Gold (ירושלים של זהב - Yerushalayim shel zahav),…