On Jewish Music

How Jewish music across the diaspora was influenced

This discussion podcast explores how Jewish music across the diaspora was influenced by the cultures in which the various Jewish communities became rooted whether in modern Morocco, the Americas, eastern Europe, or the Arab world. Over time, distinct Jewish musics developed based on geography, which begs the question, is there such a thing as Jewish music? Featuring Vanessa Paloma Elbaz, Lea Taragin-Zeller, Merav Rosenfeld-Hadad and Eliot Alderman.

Please note that the music clips featured in the programme have been included to demonstrate research on Jewish music for educational purposes. Featuring Jason Silver on keyboard.

Dr Vanessa Paloma Elbaz is a Research Associate at the Faculty of Music, Cambridge University, working on the ERC-funded project Past and Present Musical Encounters Across the Strait of Gibraltar. Dr Elbaz received her PhD in Jewish Studies, Literature and Civilisation at Sorbonne University in Paris.

Dr Merav Rosenfeld-Hadad was awarded a PhD in ethnomusicology at Cambridge University and is currently the Co-Principal Investigator of the Living in Harmony project at the Woolf Institute.

Dr Lea Taragin-Zeller is a Research Fellow at the Woolf Institute working on Religious Sisterhood. She is also, alongside her husband Rabbi Zeller, the Jewish Chaplain at Cambridge University.

Chazan Eliot Alderman is a classically-trained synagogue Cantor and Choirmaster. He studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music and Jewish Cantorial Arts at the Tel-Aviv Cantorial Institute. Eliot served for several years as Choirmaster and Cantor of the Spanish & Portuguese Jewish community of London and is currently undertaking the editing and production of the first ever complete edition of that community's unique musical-liturgical tradition.

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