חאן החמור הלבן, צבי לבנון 5, צפת, 13201, Israel
A one-day workshop with Maestro Tom Cohen (Israel Andalusian Orchestra/ Jerusalem Orchestra East & West)
Between Arabia and the West – performance and composition of Eastern music with Western instruments, and music of the West with Eastern instruments.
This workshop is intended for music students and performing musicians. It is part of the academic curriculum of Maqamat Academy of Eastern Music, and is also open to the public.
Players of all musical instruments, Western or Eastern, are invited as well as singers and percussionists
To order tickets: 077-2345719
Please reserve a place in advance
Early Price until 4/11: 180 NIS
After 4/11 price will be 200 NIS.
Maqamat Music Center and Academy of Eastern Music
Khan of the White Donkey, 5 Tzvi Levanon St., Artists’ Quarter,
Gathering – 11:00
Workshop – 12:00 – 17:00
There will be a break during the workshop for food and light rest.
For more information: 054-5687388
Tom Cohen was born and raised in Be’er Sheva, with a father of Iraqi origin and a mother of Polish and English origin. At a young age he moved with his family to Jerusalem and began studying recorder at the age of four. After returning to Be’er Sheva, he began studying mandolin at the Beer Sheva municipal conservatory under the direction of Lev Haimovitz. Cohen is a graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, conductor of the Andalusian Orchestra of Montreal (Canada) and the MED Orchestra (Belgium) and the Jerusalem East-West Orchestra (formerly the Jerusalem Andalusian Orchestra.)
Tom Cohen, considered one of the most excitinig mandolin players in the world, has produced albums, singles and performances for the many Israeli artists including Ninet Tayeb, Mind Church, Idan Amadi, Omer Adam, Berry Sakharof, Ehud Banai, Dudu Tasa and many more. He has worked with international artists such as Rashid Taha, Ishtar, and the Algerian El Guisto Orchestra, where he acts as arranger, conductor and mandolin player.
Cohen has a unique ability to transmit the music of the Arab and North African countries to musicians with Western classical education. He has expressed his talents by working alongside great names such as Enrico Macias, Khaled, Yasmin Levy, Rita, David Broza, and has also worked with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra.
He founded and played in Tom Cohen’s Quartet, was a member of the Kerman Quartet, and composed the music for the series Zagori Empire.
From 2011 to 2013 he served as the artistic director of the World Music Festival in Gibraltar.
In recent years he has produced several albums: the most prominent of which are the album of the Jerusalem East West Orchestra and the Church of the Reason ensemble (“The House is So Far”) and the album of the Israeli woman with a European career, “La Tsadika”.
One of his most notable projects was the establishment of an orchestra for the king of Morocco when Karim Tysir, a pilot at Morocco’s Royal Air Maroc, approached Cohen about establishing in Morocco an orchestra similar to the Jerusalem East and West orchestra and other orchestras that Cohen had established. The orchestra, which included musicians from all over the world, including Karim Gizad – one of the world’s greatest percussionists – appeared in front of the king’s Jewish advisers, senior members of the Royal Moroccan Culture association and the general public.
Today he lives in Brussels, Belgium, with his wife and son.