"Judith Cohen's performance in Memoria
Sefardí was more than just a transporting
concert--it was a chance to sit at the feet
of a master storyteller with an uncanny
ability to bring the fragmentary traces of
medieval Jewry's musical heritage back to
full-throated, vibrant life."
- Andrew Albin, Chair, Medieval Studies,
Fordham University, NY.
Several programmes have been postponed, others
moved or created online,adjusting to the Covid-19
pandemia situation. Not all are available after
the presentation date - please contact me with questions.
2021. December 1. Montreal Jewish Community Centre
Hanuka Concert, host: Qesher
2021. July 9. “As canções dos Judeus de Marrocos”.
Amazônia Judaïca (Brazil - online)
2021. "Negotiating Professional and Personal Jewish Identity through Musical
R esearch and Performance.” First Moscow International Interdisciplinary Session on Jewish Art. Moscow (Virtual)
2021. May 16. Qesher: Sephardic Music. On request, repeat from November 2020
2021 May 9. Victoria Jewish Community Choir: Introduction to Ladino Songs.
2021 May 9. Toronto Storytelling Festival: Medieval Songs of Spring.
2021 May 7. Toronto Storytelling Festival: Talking Stick. "And in their nets the fishermen found a
golden duke: The Ballad of the Death of the Duke of Gandía.” May 7
2021 March 6. Invited singer for “Kantikas de Amor I Vida”,Memorial concert for Flory Jagoda.
December 3, 17:00 EST. Centro Cultural Sefarad, Buenos Aires:
La mujer y la música en las tres religiones en la España medieval.
November 18. Invited presenter, "Daily Antidote of Song/Archive Challenge". Library of Congress: American Folklife Center/Washington Revels.
November 18. Holocaust songs for presentation on Spain and Sephardic Jews in
My work with Sephardic Song: for the Centre for Jewish Studies, York University. https://youtu.be/k2F_0EvSfBM
November 15: Sefarad and its Music.
Qesher Series, Budapest.
November 7: "Debasho del limón la novia":
Adventures with Moroccan Sephardic Songs",
Hollywood Temple Beth El, Los Angeles. Start at 1 hr. 30":
October 28 “’And for the groom a sardine’:
Sephardic Women’s Songs” Jewish Learning Works, San Francisco
October 22 and 25: Pop-Up concert (invitation), and lecture:
Society for Ethnomusicology (online) conference, Carleton University, Ottawa
October 5, "Sephardic Music: introduction and stories",
secular Jewish congregation, Toronto
ONGOING: Storytelling for 1001 Friday Nights, Toronto
August 23, Music among the Crypto-Jews of
Rural Portugal. For Sepharadic Genealogy, Amsterdam
August 17, “The Mazal of Mr. Gerry Neldo:
Moroccan Sephardic Songs”, for series directed by
Joshua Horowitz, “The Promiscuous World of Jewish Music”
August 11, “Everything (almost) you didn’t know
you wanted to know about Sephardic music”,
For Temple Shalom, Auburn, Maine
June 21 for European Day of Music at the
Museo Sefardí de Toledo
YouTube https:// or
Global Rhythms online series produced
by Ensemble Topaz (Toronto), 24-5-2020
Invited to represent the Cervantes
Institute in Tangier, Morocco,
for the online Mediterranean
music festival Baleàrics 2.0,
at 26:05: https://youtu.be/twcKQwkVfLc
"Sephardic Music Around the Mediterranean"
Prepared especially for the Museo Ebraico
di Lecce, Italy:
"The Bride Underneath the Lemon Tree"
Lecture on Moroccan Sephardic songs
for the Aga Khan Museum
Invited participant in Covid-19 online
International "Unidos por el Ladino"
song"Esta montanya d'enfrente"
Toronto Storytellers: "Toronto Tells"
festival. "My Improbable Road from
Epidemiology to Ethnomusicology".
May 23, 2020
BUSted Storytellers LA Transit Workers
online benefit festival. "Ay ay ay, it's the
Montreal Tramway", May 17, 2020
2020 - postponed till 2021 because of pandemic.
May 2020: Lecture-concert for Global Nação
conference, New York City
May 2020: Lecture-concert: "The Lighter Side of
Judeo-Spanish Song", Jewish Music Week, Toronto
June 2020: "Alan Lomax in Morocco and Spain",
ICTM-Mediterranean conference, Tangier, Morocco
July 2020: Concert + workshop for Makom
/ Tres Culturas, Seville, Spain
March - Toronto Storytelling Festival - Storytelling events in Toronto cancelled -
Aga Khan Museum, solo Pop-up Performances Jan. 15, 18, 19
February 13, 2020. "The Bride Under the Lemon Tree: Musical worlds of Moroccan Jewish women" Aga Khan Museum lecture. 1:00 pm. https://www.agakhanmuseum.org/programs/the-bride-under-the-lemon-tree-with-dr-judith-cohen
February 23. Solo concert "Songs of Travel" for "EtCetera - Canadian Cultural Mosaic", 7 pm, 701 Sheppard West (events room), Toronto.
February 29: "Soundscapes of Sefarad" - lecture-concert for "
Lyric Landscapes" - medieval Romance language symposium,
University of Indiana, Bloomington.
Institut Européen des Musiques Juives, Paris, France. Interview (in French):
December 2019 + January 2020: various dates,
vocals + percussion with Kosa Koliadnyky,
Ukrainian polyphonic winter season songs
December 15-17, 2019 San Diego : Association for Jewish
Studies, Beating the Water" to Mimouna: Music
among the Judeus of Portugal 25 years later.
December 28: Songs for Los Angeles Sephardic Community Hanuka event.
November 27, 2019 "Songs of Travel", Artery House
November 19. Lennox & Addington County Museum, Napanee.
Ontario. Sephardic and Ashkenazi Songs of the Holocaust, for the
Anne Frank Exhibition.
October 30. Concert for "Los Corassones Avlan" , Primo Levi
Center, The Jews of Rhodes, New York City.
October 29. Lecture-concert on Sephardic and
medieval music, Fordham University, Bronx, NY
October 28. Concert for Shrine World Music, New York City.
September 16. Solo performance, Storytellers of Halifax.
September 14. Paper, UNESCO ICH and Traditions of Spain
and Portugal, Conference on ICH and the Atlantic,
Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia.
August 10-17: teaching Balkan Sephardic songs
at Balkan Camp, Iroquois Springs, NY
June 19-22: Braganza, Portugal. Tras-os-Montes
"Terras de Sefarad" conference: "'Siete Dias Enserrados': Music among
Sephardim and Ashkenazim in the Holocaust"
Lecture with live singing ; Workshop in Sephardic music
June 23-26: Lisbon, Sosiedad Sefarad conference: "'There will
always be a gap': Moroccan Sephardim in Montreal"
June 27: Belmonte, Portugal: special concert for the Jewish community
June 28: Lisbon, Cervantes Institute: concert of Sephardic songs, 19:00
June 30-July 2: Zamora Sefardí conference: Concert, June 30,
in La Hostería Real; “Lekha dodi – Gens du pays”: del Atlántico
marroquí al Atlántico canadiense (July 2);
Filandón: Romances de Doña Urraca" evening, July 2
July 3: For UNED course in Avila: "¿A quién apartenece esa
memoria? La música sefardí en la memorias de los Sefardíes
- y en las memorias construidas de las fiestas “medievales”"
July 5: Toledo: Music section of University of Castilla-
La Mancha course on Sephardic culture
July 13 : Museo Sefardí, Toledo. Concert-workshop.
July 16, Madrid. Centro Sefarad-Israel.
Concert with Wafir Gibril
July 18-22 Granada, fieldwork research, Alan Lomax recordings
July 25, Hervás, Spain. Workshop in traditional percussion instruments, with Begoña Martín.
June 2-5 New York City, Board Meeting, Association of Jewish Studies.
"Judith Cohen et ses invitées - femmes du monde",
Alliance Française, Toronto.
March 16, 2019, 8 pm.
"Sisters Queen and Captive" Toronto Storytelling
Festival: Stories at the Gladstone. March 3, 2019.
February 24-7. Hannover, Germany.
"We will live after Babylon: Armenian and Jewish
Historical Experience between Expulsion,
Exile and Destruction":
"'If you see me walking alone on the road' -
Sephardic songs of exile, expulsion, memory - and return"
Lecture; and "Singing the exile: Songs of the Sephardic
Songs and Travels" - Solo concert
Aga Khan Museum, pop-up concert series.
January 30, February 2 & 3.
"The King got up one Monday Morning"
StoryFusion Cabaret, Storytelling Toronto. January 26, 2019.
January 26, 2019 20:00. Centre for Social Innovation, 720 Bathurst, Toronto
Ethnomusicologist and multi-instrumentalist Judith Cohen performs sung stories and tales
from Sephardic and pan-European traditions.
2018 and earlier:
Portuguese, Spanish Renaissance and Sephardic Songs for launch of Toronto author Anne Dublin's young adult novel "Cage without Bars." Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto, October 29, 2018.
"Portuguese and Jewish Musical Culture in Portugal and the Diaspora", Expressions of Lusophonia international conference,
York University, Toronto, October 26-27, 2019.
"Music in the Three Religions of Medieval Iberia". Kingston, Ontario:
Kingston Jewish Council with Queen's University. October 16-17, 2018.
Beijing, China: DDC Dusk Dawn Club/Alliance Française Beijing, July 10, 2018 . French-Canadian, Yiddish, Sephardic and Bulgarian songs.
Cracow, Poland, Cervantes Institute. July 17 , 2018. "Hija mia mi querida - Yome, Yome, zing mir a lidele” – Sephardic and Yiddish songs.
Lisbon, Portugal, Cervantes Institute, June 26, 2018. "Os Sefarditas e os seus vizinhos - assuntos cantados e contados."
Warsaw, Polamd. National Ethnographic Museum,
July 13, 2018. "Sefardyjskie pieśni weselne".
Zamora Sefardí, solo performance-talk for international
conference. Zamora, Spain, July 3, 2018.
Museo Sefardí, Toledo, Spain. Solo performance-talk,
Sephardic music, for "Luna de Verano -
Summer Moon" series. August 11, 2018.
Red de Juderías de España: solo concerts, Sephardic music,
in Calahorra, August 10, and León, August 2, 2018.
Concerts with Tamar Ilana, accompanied by
Yayoi Okaniwa, Israel, May 2018: Yung Yiddish,
Tel Aviv and house concert series, Ranaana.
"Mediterranean Sephardic musical identities:
from Ottoman lands and Italy to Iberia and Morocco”,
ICTM Mediterranean Music Study Group, Essaouira,
Morocco, June 19, 2018.Casablanca, Morocco.
Jewish Community Centre, June 25,2018.
"Mini-colloque sur la Musique Juive".
"Caminhamos e andamos": music and shifting
identity among Portuguese B'nei Anusim”
International conference on Jews in Portugal
and the Iberian Diaspora, Portugal, Dahan Center,
Israel/Universidade de Lisboa/
Universidad of Oporto, June 26-July 2, 2018.
“ICH/PCI (UNESCO) in Iberia: some expected and
unexpected results”, Applied Ethnomusicology
Conference (ICTM), Beijing, China, July 7-10, 2018.
"Singing Stories from Tangier to Constantinople and
Suchowola: Sephardic and Yiddish Ballads", European
Association of Jewish Studies, Kraków, July, 2018.
"Sephardic Songs: the Lighter Side" for Jewish
Music Forum conference, "Humour in Jewish Music",
New York City, April 2018
House concert: Sephardic Tales and Songs. With
Jane Mubarak, author: New York City, May 2018
Association of Canadian Jewish Studies, Montreal,
May, 2018: “A Canadian Jewish Scholar-Performer
Sings and Talks about Canada, Performance and Jewishness"
Aga Khan Museum, Toronto. "Sephardic Music in the
Mediterranean Soundscape." February, 2018.