JMI Online

JMI Online is a resource for all to engage with Jewish Music. Here is a portal for you to enjoy a wide range of JMI programmes, recitals, concerts, events, courses and podcasts. We have carefully curated a selection of each of our programmes for you to enjoy.

Throughout May and June JMI will be broadcasting our YALLAH lecture series on Wednesday evenings.  Thursday evenings involve an exciting new broadcast partnership with the Jerusalem Orchestra East West which can be found in the videos section of our Facebook page.

Click on the collapsible links below for the full archive of our JMI Online content featuring:

  • YALLAH lecture and concert series
  • Joe Loss Lecture Podcast series
  • Musical Memories with Michael Grade and Simon Schama

Click HERE for the upcoming JMI Online schedule.

Jewish communities have lived, sung and spoken in Arabic for over a thousand years from Iraq to Morocco, and these histories have been intertwined with the political and social circumstances of the countries they lived in. Music navigates their deeply rooted belonging to these places, and represents a unique approach to dealing with layered and complex identities. From Mimouna to Bakkashot, the Jews of Arabic-speaking lands have developed a distinctive repertoire for celebration and mourning that sits proudly alongside the popular music of the Arab world.

The Jewish Music Institute is excited to have launched an innovative two day Judeo-Arabic music workshop and conference in London. This program, which is a first in the UK, brought together an international group of experts for a two-day extravaganza to celebrate the richness of Judeo-Arabic music. JMI prepared a line-up of international experts on Judeo-Arabic music for two full days in February 2020 for a conference with workshops which culminated in a concert by a Judeo-Arabic music celebrity Haim Botbol of Morocco.

Details about the programme: https://www.jmi.org.uk/event/yallah2020

Below are a selection of lectures and the concert for your to enjoy. We will add to them weekly as we release the lectures one-by one, so please keep checking back.

1. Concert: Haim Botbol
2. Lecture: Remixing Sephardism – Professor Michael Figueroa
3. Lecture: Sephardi Voices UK – Dr Bea Lewkowicz and Daisy Abboudi
4. Lecture: Sonic Resistance during Nazism: The role of Judeo-Arabic Songs in the Maghreb – Vanessa Paloma Elbaz
5. Lecture: Seeing and Hearing Judeo-Arabic Music in Colonial Algeria – Dr Stephen Wilford (available from 26th May at 7.30pm)

More to be announced soon!


Haim Botbol Live at YALLAH London


Lecture: Remixing Sephardism - Prof. Michael Figueroa


Lecture: Sephardi Voices UK - Dr Bea Lewkowicz and Daisy Abboudi


Lecture: Sonic Resistance during Nazism: The role of Judeo-Arabic Songs in the Maghreb - Vanessa Paloma Elbaz


Lecture: Seeing and Hearing Judeo-Arabic Music in Colonial Algeria - Dr Stephen Wilford


About the lecturers and the programme

JMI has helped to develop a compelling Jewish music strand at Undergraduate level and a full programme at Masters and Postgraduate level. JMI also support the Joe Loss Lectureship in Jewish Music at SOAS as well as offering a flourishing scholarship scheme for studies in Jewish music at Masters and PhD level, sponsored by the Mildred Loss and Sir Jack Lyons Studentship Scheme. PhD projects can be practice-led, fieldwork-based, or theoretical. The Joe Loss Lectureship in Jewish Music is currently being supported by the Jankel/Loss Family and partially supported by the Simon Richard Marks Charitable Trust.

Dr Ilana Webster-Kogen: https://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff71509.php 
JMI Webpage https://www.jmi.org.uk/education/undergraduate-postgraduate-courses

Current Senior Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music, Dr Ilana Webster-Kogen (2014 -) “Bole, Harlem, Tel Aviv: Ethiopian-Israeli Musicians Play the Diaspora”

Previous Joe Loss Lecturer Dr Abigail Wood (2006-2014)  “And We’re All Brothers: Singing in Yiddish in Contemporary North America.”

First Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music Dr Alex Knapp (1992-2006) “Chinese Jews, aspects of their history and their music”


Dr Ilana Webster-Kogen: "Bole, Harlem, Tel Aviv: Ethiopian-Israeli Musicians Play the Diaspora"


Dr Abigail Wood ("And We're All Brothers: Singing in Yiddish in Contemporary North America."


Dr Alex Knapp: "Chinese Jews, aspects of their history and their music"


Watch the full video HERE

 


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