Projects

Die
Jüdische Musikreihe
für
Liebhaber & Neugierige

Jüdische Musik rund um das Jahr, rund um Berlin!

Mimi Sheffer, Kantorin    Mirlan Kasymaliev, Orgel

Die Jüdische Musikreihe für Liebhaber & Neugierige lädt Sie zu einer besonderen Reise rund um das Jahr und rund um Berlin ein.

Erleben Sie das Pulsieren der jüdischen Musik – in zehn Kirchen, in monatlichem Rhythmus, ob in Ihrem Kiez oder an einem Ausflugsort!

Über Hoffnung und Verzweiflung, Freude und Trauer, Empfang der Schabbatbraut oder Tanz mit der Tora, spannt sich der große Bogen der wechselnden Themen der Konzerte.

Vom christlichen Neujahr bis zum jüdischen Neujahr werden Sie von Kantorin Mimi Sheffer und dem Organisten Mirlan Kasymaliev durch das Jahresthema »Wie der Hirsch schreit – Musik aus der Synagoge« geführt.

Seien Sie neugierig und besuchen Sie ein Konzert in Ihrem Kiez oder werden Sie Liebhaber und verfolgen sie die Reihe durch die schöne Kirchen und Ausflugsorte in Berlin und Umgebung.                                                                                                                                                             

Schirmherrin: Anetta Kahane, Vorsitzende des Amadeu Antonio Stiftung

KlangTrialog
A Trialog in Sound

 


An extraordinary interplay of Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious musicians. The project SoundTrialogue  is so unique because it took the first step in confronting and comparing  the liturgical music of all three monotheistic religions. It is for the first time that a Jewish cantor, a Muslim Syrian liturgical singer and a German church musician accompanied by a West-East violinist and a Turkish percussionist each play and sing their prayers intertwined, respectively or followed by each other. “It was pure curiosity that led  to this adventurous project. I wanted to learn and hear how my colleagues from the neighbouring faiths react emotionally to specific themes in life and how they express them religiously. I wanted to express it with them and to react in my own way.”
The audience, deeply moved by the intensity of emotions and their expression and by the chance they see in it for peace and understanding, applauded gratefully with standing ovations.

 

Ensemble:
Mimi Sheffer - voice | Christian Hagitte - organ |
Nasser Fakhri - voice | Salim Saroueh - violin | 
Süleyman Celik – drums |

 

 

cilia 
The Jewish Music Series

 

“Cilia” – The Jewish Music Series 

is a series of CD recordings featuring composed Jewish music of the highest musical standard recorded by accomplished interpreters who specialize in this field of music. It is aimed to document, raise consciousness, and revive this music, and simply bring it into the regularly performed classical repertoire of orchestras, choirs and chamber music programs throughout Europe. At the same time, it gives artists who devote their work to this field of music a podium and a structured framework, thus allowing them to focus on artistic innovation.

“Cilia” – The Jewish Music Series is a unique idea bringing together artists worldwide. It emphasizes the vivid pre-war musical tradition and its development throughout the world to this day.

“Ode to David Eisenstadt” is the first CD in the series.

For more information and to order CD: www.cilia-jewish-music-series.de 

 

The
Eisenstadt Project

  “A few years ago, I was given a copy of a cantorial piece by David Eisenstadt. I was told it is the “new challenge” amongst all popular cantors. I tried it with its many virtuous melismas, and it then stayed on my music stand until I had a chance to incorporate it in a new concert program. It was only then, having done some inquiring, that I realized this was much more than just a cantorial favorite. It was surviving music.

David Eisenstadt, composer and choir leader of the great Tlomackie synagogue in Warsaw, was murdered in the Ghetto in 1943 with his wife and daughter. I learned that only seven pieces of his immense repertoire had survived, five of them published by cantor Israel Alter and two in the Chemyo Vinaver Jewish Music Anthology. His music had been sung in the Ghetto and even in the concentration camps.

I also learned about his only daughter Marisia (Miriam), a name mate, who was a young and aspiring singer in the Ghetto music scene. In this very short career, before her death at the age of 21, she sang opera, Hebrew art song and synagogue music – as I do.

This set the spark in me, and the wish to revive this music and make it an integral part of our current musical environment, became a way of life. It was a few years later, when I met Professor Eliyahu Schleifer, who gave me a copy of the five pieces published by Israel Alter. The path of life lead me to Warsaw, to train lay cantors for the new Jewish congregations in Poland. It was here in Warsaw, that all pieces of the puzzle came together.”