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JMI - Transforming Lives Through Jewish Music


We are the Jewish Music Institute. We curate, educate and celebrate – bringing to life this rich seam in world culture. Our mission encompasses the music of the Jewish people wherever they are and wherever they have been, preserving and developing this great genre for the benefit of present and future generations. Please support our work.
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CROWDFUNDING THE YOUTH 

HELP CROWDFUND THE JMI YOUTH BIG BAND'S DEBUT ALBUM


YOU CAN HELP BY SUPPORTING THE JMI YOUTH BIG BAND'S DEVELOPMENT  
 
We need £2500 to finish mixing and mastering the music, pay for the art work, manufacturing of CDs, digital release and track licensing. The additional £1,500 will go towards the album release as well as covering the cost of the album launch performance fees.

At the Jewish Music Institute we’re passionate about music and passionate about the development of our flagship youth project - the JMI Youth Big Band.

The band - comprised of 12 - 18 year olds who play drums, bass, guitar, piano, tuba, saxophone, trumpet and trombone - was created in Summer 2017 to bring a contemporary edge to music of Jewish origin and enable talented young musicians from a wide variety of different backgrounds to explore a rich musical and cultural heritage whilst performing at the highest level. 

We are all eager to document the band's momentous journey but we need your help to realise this project.

Recording an album is an expensive business and is a labour of love for us but we cannot pay the studio fees with love alone. The money raised in this campaign will turn our ambitious plans into a reality. with your help.

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DECEMBER: JMI YOUTH BIG BAND
ALBUM LAUNCH

JMI Youth Big Band Chanukah concert (Album Launch)
Monday 23rd December
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm, £7
Gunnersbury Park Museum, London, W5 4NH 

ONLY 20 STANDING TICKETS LEFT

Music from the forthcoming album by the JMI Youth Big Band.

The JMI Youth Big Band presents Jewish music as you’ve never heard it before! This is the next generation of musical superstars, breaking ground and redefining music of Jewish origin.

The Chanukah concert will feature a performance of the album in its entirety, the band’s very own personal celebration of what this project has become. The greatest achievement of the Youth Big Band’s progress is the fact that each of these fantastic musicians come from a broad cross section of the community to work together as a professional band to develop this album. It has now been recorded and will be released at this concert. The perfect Chanukah present!

“A radical revelation! They play with an assurance, fluency and confidence rarely seen from such youthful ensembles.” – Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3

The event will also include readings by Rabbi Janet Burden.
Chanukah refreshments will be provided.

We interview Band Leader Sam Eastmond about the band, the album and the launch. You can listen to that podcast here
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FEBRUARY: YALLAH: JUDEO-ARABIC WORKSHOP AND CONFERENCE

*A FIRST IN THE UK*

Yallah: Judeo-Arabic Workshop and Conference
9th & 10th February 2020
SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square 
London, WC1H 0XG


The Jewish Music Institute is excited and proud to launch an innovative two day Judeo-Arabic music workshop and conference in London. This programme, which is a first in the UK, plans to bring together an international group of experts for a two-day extravaganza to celebrate the richness of Judeo-Arabic music. JMI is preparing a line-up of international experts on Judeo-Arabic music for two full days of conferences and workshops which will include a concert featuring Judeo-Arabic celebrities.

Lecturers/Presenters
Keynotes:


Professor Edwin Seroussi - Director of the Jewish Music Research Centre of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem “Judeo-Arabic Musical Spaces: from medieval Iberia to the present”

Presenters:

Ikram Bellarabi
- Université Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco: “Picturing Jewish-Moroccan Musical Heritage: The Rhythms of the Mellah"

Dr. Ruth Davis - Reader in Ethnomusicology, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge - “Yemenite Jewish womens' repertoire” 

Dr. Vanessa Paloma Elbaz: Research Associate, University of Cambridge “Judeo-Arabic Songs on Hitler and Nazism”

Professor Michael Figueroa: Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina, USA: “Remixing Sephardism: Syrian Jews, Electronic Music, and the Arab American Imaginary”

Dr. Mohamed Ghrab - Institut de Musique de Sfax, Tunisia: “The aesthetic synergy between Hebrew and Arabic Tunisian music”

Professor Jonathan Glasser: Associate professor, William & Mary University, USA: “The Judeo-Arabic Debate, Musical and Unmusical”

Professor Mark Kligman,Chair of ethomusicology at Herb Alpert Schools of Music, UCLA, USA (Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music; Director, The Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music): “Syrian Judeo-Arabic music and liturgy” 

Imam Lajjam, PhD Candidate, Université Hassan II, Casablanca, Maroc “How I discovered Haketia: or the retelling a story in a Judeo-Moroccan musical rhythm””

Dr. Elmehdi Lahmamed: Qatar University “Hearing the Absentees: What can Moroccan Jewish Music tell us about People and Society?”

Dr Bea Lewkowicz & Daisy Abbudi: “Sephardi Voices UK; presenting Yehezkial Kojaman – life in focus”

Dr Sara Mannasseh - “Iraqi Jewish song: Sacred to secular – from Baghdad to Bombay and Poona”
and “Song workshop: Iraqi Jewish Song”

Dr Moshe Morad Lecturer in ethnomusicology, Head of Israel Radio music stations 88FM & Reshet Gimmel IBA: “Mizrahi(t) and Queer: Judeo-Arabic popular music and intersectionality in Israel”

Naama Perel: Lecturer, Kineret Sound Engineering College, Israel: “The Integration of the Jewish Yemenites’ Folk Music in Israeli Art Music”

Dr Merav Rosenfeld-Haddad Research Fellow, Co-Principal Investigator for the 'Living in Harmony' “Iraqi Judeo-Arabic music”

Xavier Sayeed, Emory University (PhD Candidate) “Echoes of Al-Andalus: Generational Approach to Andalusian Music in Israel”

Dr. Ilana Webster-Kogen Joe Loss Lecturer, SOAS, University of London:  "No particular sharh: Drawing New Borders for a Magrebi Torah"

Dr. Clara Wenz, Ethnomusicology Reader, SOAS University of London
“From “Min Ha-Amim Lisgulah” to “Nʿamel Eh Lil-ʿUzāl” The Journey of the Famous Record, Part II”

Dr. Stephen Wilford, Research Associate, University of Cambridge "Exhibition of French Colonial Postcards of Jewish Maghrebi Musicians."

Workshops:
Haim Botbol -
“Judeo-Arabic Wedding songs Workshop with Haim Botbol and his musicians”

Sara Mannaseh - “Song Workshop of Baghdadi Jewish Music in Bombay”

Yoav Oved - "Song workshop: Yemeni Jewish Song"

This event will be run in collaboration with SOAS and University of Cambridge.

Conference tickets:
Sunday & Monday: £72 | Early bird £62 - (including concert)
Sunday £40 | Early-bird £30 (including concert)
Monday £30 | Early-bird £25
Early Bird Prices close on 17 January 2020

This event will be run in collaboration with SOAS University of London and University of Cambridge.

*student rates 25% discount on full price - please email us for student verification process and discount code at this email here

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Haim Botbol – Live in London
Sunday 9th February 2020
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
£10 – £20
JMI, Brunei Gallery, SOAS


Haim Botbol is the last living legend of Jewish Moroccan Music. This is an exclusive and unique musical and cultural opportunity for the UK public to enjoy a concert with the true mastery of musicianship from the great Moroccan Jewish singer and his band.

With support from 3yin.

Included in Yallah or for sale separately below: 

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Ot Azoy 2020
23rd - 28th August 2020
£150 – £250
JMI, SOAS, London


Discover JMI’s famous full immersion courses in Yiddish Language, Song and Culture for people of all ages, levels and backgrounds, where even complete beginners learn to speak, read, write, sing and even dream in Yiddish in a week.

Ot Azoy Yiddish language classes are held at 5 levels, and is directed by the head of Yiddish at UCL, Dr Khayele Beer with a faculty of world class Yiddish tutors and experts. As well as hands-on classroom teaching, it also features an extensive cultural programme of music, theatre, poetry and lectures from a world of Yiddish past and present. Shura Lipovsky, the outstanding Director of The Golden Peacock (Goldene Pave), will also teach a daily session of Yiddish through song.
Khayele Beer and Sonia Pinkusowtiz-Dratwa
Lily Khan
Sima Beeri
Simo Muir
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Golden Peacock 2020
23rd - 28th August 2020
£150 – £250
JMI, SOAS, London


Learn to sing Yiddish song at Golden Peacock Yiddish Song School in the heart of London at SOAS this Summer 2020.

The Golden Peacock The Yiddish Song course led by internationally acclaimed Yiddish singer and teacher Shura Lipovsky with esteemed colleagues from around the world. It is designed for all singers who wish to deepen their knowledge of the rich Yiddish song repertoire.

You will spend the morning studying music theory, repertoire, roots and traditions of Yiddish Song, modes and melodies. While afternoons will focus on studying further repertoire, master-classes and a Yiddish Choir. You will be amazed at how much you will be learning, singing and performing Yiddish song in only one week!
Shura Lipovsky
Sveta Kundish
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TRANSFORMING LIVES

Seeking support for the JMI Education Programmes for school children, teenagers and young adults.

 

JMI's mission is to educate, entertain and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds through a diverse and exciting programme of concerts, workshops, lectures and summer schools, attractive to Jews and non-Jews alike. 
Your donation can help us achieve this.

 

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FRIENDS OF JMI

Support JMI’s flourishing programme of concerts, events and workshops, which are made possible by the support and generosity of friends, patrons and sponsors.

  1. 10% off JMI Co-promoted events, masterclasses and lectures 
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