Memorias de Sefarad
...songs from the Spain of three cultures
sunday 26 march - Salle du Manège - Geneva
...building bridges between classical aesthetic and jewish music...
sunday 30 april - Centre Robert Dunant - Carouge
List of our recordings to-date
Past events organized by AMJ and projects for the near future
other activities in connection with Jewish music
The AMJ shop
recent highlights :
CONFLUENCES ...on the path to Jerusalem Lucidarium and Alla Francesca ensembles
SVETA KUNDISH & PATRICK FARRELL ...yiddish songs of a family's history
YAMMA ensemble ...between Orient and Occident
EFIM CHORNY ensemble : "Songs from the Yankev Ber Gimpel Yiddish Theatre"
Douce France... composers in exile : two concerts-lectures
kalé'YIDDISH'scope... the facets of a colorful culture
The Men's Voice... : musics of the european synagogues
Off the beaten paths... : three unexpected concerts
Kol-Isha...women's voices : three concerts in the feminine plural
Yiddishland : musical journey in a land without borders
In Memoriam ...the "degenerated" music : concerts in honor of persecuted artists
Sefardic spring : festival of sefardic traditions - Marocco, Balkans, Turkey etc... march-april 2010
Kol ha'Neshama - the voice of the soul : a festival of ancient Jewish music - november 2009
Time to sing... time to sing - a festival of Jewish liturgical music - march 2009
1996 - 2006 the AMJ association celebrated its 10th birthday - november 2006
Following the Festival of Jewish and Israeli Music held in September 1995 as part of the celebrations organized for the Year of Diversity by the City of Geneva (Switzerland), a group of musicians and music lovers of various backgrounds got together and, in 1996, founded The Friends of Jewish Music, a non-profit Association.
The Association's objective is to promote the wealth and breadth of Jewish music and to share this integral part of the Jewish people's daily life with a larger audience, and thus, through the music, to foster the discovery of an entire culture.
Jewish music embodies many strains:
Liturgical music: exclusively vocal and sung in synagogues, but also works modelled on the religious service and written for soloist, chorus and orchestra.
Paraliturgical music: poems, elegies (piyutim) set to music with instrumental accompaniment and played at public and community functions as well as in the family, and works of religious inspiration, hassidic songs and klezmer.
Secular and modern music, vocal and instrumental: popular songs, operettas, instrumental compositions, music for the theater, Israeli music...
In pursuance of its mission to promote knowledge about and familiarity with Jewish musical culture, the Association organizes concerts, lectures and debates, exhibits and music workshops - occasionally in cooperation with other organizations.
The Association's hope is to become a platform for an encounter with this rich and varied culture, universally present yet so different, and, above all, so little known.
The public events organized by the A.M.J. Association are open to all. A.M.J. members are entitled to a discount on their entrance tickets. To join the A.M.J. Association, fill in the stub and send it to the Secretary.
The annual membership fee is CHF 50.- for an individual and CHF 80.- for a couple.
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