LITURGY: AN OVERLOOKED CORNER OF THE MOROCCAN JEWISH MUSICAL MAP

LECTURE BY PROF. EDWIN SEROUSSI Department of Musicology and Jewish Music Research Centre - the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Date & Location

Feb 13, 2020, 12:30 PM
Faculty of Music University of Cambridge, 11 West Rd, Cambridge CB3 9DP, UK

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Lecture will take place at the Faculty of Music, lecture Room 5 at 12.30pm

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As part of the ERC project "Past and Present Musical Encounters across the Strait of Gibraltar", Professor Edwin Seroussi will present a lecture on Moroccan Jewish religious musical repertoire.

The Study of Moroccan Jewish religious musical repertoire has been largely dominated by the singing of paraliturgical Hebrew (and seldom Arabic and Aramaic) poetry. The allure of this repertoire is evident, for it is largely related to the historically prestigious Moroccan Arabic Andalusian repertoire. Put differently, paraliturgical singing is emblematic of the Jewish embedment in Moroccan society and thus easy to political manipulations as an icon of late-day “convivencia”. Yet, the bulk of Jewish religious worship, namely daily, weekly and holiday prayers, opens a fascinating research arena that has hardly been harvested. Although not deprived of “Andalusianism”, the liturgical soundscape offers alternative, unique musical forms that reveal other connections, some of them pan-Sephardic, others colonial. This presentation will be illustrated with soundbites exemplifying such musical phenomena. 

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Biography

Edwin Seroussi is the Emanuel Alexandre Professor of Musicology and Director of the Jewish Music Research Centre at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, he immigrated to Israel in 1971 where he took undergraduate and graduate degrees in Musicology at Hebrew University continuing to his Ph.D.  from UCLA in 1987.  He taught at Bar Ilan and Tel Aviv Universities in Israel, and was visiting professor at universities in Europe, North and South America. He has published on North African and Eastern Mediterranean Jewish music, on Judeo-Islamic relations in music and on Israeli popular music.

https://en.musicology.huji.ac.il/people/edwin-seroussi

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