Henri Oppenheim

Magillah / Latitude 45 Arts

biography

Henri Oppenheim is a french born musician and composer established in Montreal (Canada) since 1997. He has specialized in jewish music since then, and has toured worldwide in his previous ensemble Kleztory. In 2008, he created Magillah, and ensemble that explores the yiddish music and litterature, playing yiddish songs and klezmer, but also composing original world-folk-electro songs on yiddish poems. At Womex, Henri Oppenheim is representing his management company, Latitude 45 Arts, based in Montreal.
For more informaton see www.magillah.com

Other artists represented by Henri at WOMEX include the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, one of the world's most celebrated professional choirs performing a wide array of repertorie from teh historica nd contemporary African Diaspora. (www.nathanieldettchoarale.org) The group performs in many contexts and is happy to do workshops with amateur and youth choirs. These groups may even be included in one or two pieces in a concert, if it can be arranged. Founder and director Brainerd Blyden-Taylor can be asked to present informaiton on the history of the vocal music of the African diaspora as well as the life and work of Nathaniel Dett.

Samskara is an outstanding duo performing the great improvisations of the Indian ragas. Ragas are time-specific: each hour of the day has a different theme and further variations. These can be done in a short format or continue for an hour or two. We propose Samskara in concert at a regular concert times. However, to get a better sense of the art form, and if your context woudl allow for it, we propose several presentations starting from morning to evening over two or more days. With two or three performances in a day a wider array of the time-appropriate ragas can be performed and audiences can follow them and observe the development. Workshops and information presentations at performances or separately are also possible. http://www.samskara.ca/en/colours-of-india

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