Istoria Judia

Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 8:15 PM
Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue

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The LAJS presents Istoria Judia, a journey through Sephardic and Mizrachi history, music and poetry. Vanessa Paloma, internationally renowned singer from Morocco, joined the LAJS and Valley Beth Shalom Choir for the program along with additional soloists Jamie Papish, Jordan Charnofsky, and Farzaneh Farnoush.


Vanessa Paloma Duncan-Elbaz has a Ph.D. from the Sorbonne’s CERMOM research group of the INALCO (Center for Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Studies of the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilization). Her dissertation “Contemporary Jewish Women’s Songs from Northern Morocco: Core Role and Function of a Forgotten Repertoire.” which received “félicitations du jury” was nominated for the best dissertation of the year of INALCO for 2018. She is an alumna the Early Music Institute at Indiana University’s School of Music (MM) where she studied vocal performance practice of Medieval and Renaissance secular monody under Thomas Binkley and Paul Elliott.

Jamie Papish is a LA based performing world music hand drummer and percussionist. He specializes in a variety of world & sacred music  and percussion styles ranging from Middle Eastern, Turkish, Persian, Israeli (Sephardic, Yemenite & Ashkenazi), Armenian, Balkan and Kirtan. Jamie persues these styles out of his love of music from around the world  and the fusion of styles that is currently exploding. As a native New Yorker, Jamie grew up listening to Rock, Pop, R&B, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Latin, Jazz & Fusion, which continues to heavily influenced his playing.

The Los Angeles Times described Jordan Charnofsky as playing the classical guitar with “lucid grace,” “a sure hand,” “expressive range,” and “bravura.” Classical Guitar magazine said, “Jordan Charnofsky may well take his place among the California guitar stars…a wonder to see and hear.” Guitar Player magazine called him “an amazing classical guitarist and composer.”


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