Tenor Raphael Cohen
It comes specially to animate your kosher holidays and after twenty years of career, Raphael Cohen remains a true enthusiast ‘hazanout and contributed thanks to its long experience in the discovery and training of many talents.
He is the founder and President of APAC (Association for the Promotion of Art Cantorial), through which it has contributed to the popularization of the Jewish liturgical chant ( ‘hazanout), thanks to numerous concerts in Europe , the USA and Israel.
ACPA is also in the city and has set the defense of causes of general interest, the fight against all forms of intolerance: the music and voice as unifying elements of all sensitivities.
In 2007 he founded in partnership with the Consistory of Paris (Ile de France), the Jewish Choir of France CJF.
The ‘hazanout is vocal art developed in Eastern Europe by the’ hazanim (singers), traditionally responsible for providing religious services. At the height of its development, this art expressed what was noblest and most sublime in the Jewish soul. The Hazan embodies one of the oldest functions of the synagogue. If originally he was the keeper of the sacred texts of the Hebrew liturgy, already in the Middle Ages it became the musical performer. Enjoying an estimated status, he was nevertheless subject to requirements which exposed him to a permanent tension arising from its dual role ethics representative of the community and ethics artist.
The vocal ornament would emphasize the meaning and expressiveness of liturgical texts as « Kavanah » (mystical concentration) music. The emancipation of European Jewry, which allowed the construction of monumental temples in the 19th century brought about a change in the style and techniques of synagogue music. Traditional songs were written down and interpreted by scholars now tastes of European music by a professional cantor accompanied by a choir.
A new style, often mingled accents Chassidic and Klezmer melodies, was given by Solomon Sulizer (1804-1890) Prime Minister officiating Vienna, whose music was appreciated by F.Liszt. The end of the 19th century- until the Second World-War was the golden age of hazanout. The cantorial music, taking full advantage of the spread of phonographs, exerted a huge influence on the crowds. It spawned a galaxy of eminent hazanim which Yosselle Rosenblatt (1882-1933), acclaimed as the greatest champion of all time.Almost suffocated by the flames of Nazi hatred, the voice of ‘hazanout flourishes worldwide and especially in Israel.
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