Dr. Judith Cohen
“…concerts of wonderful music, interspersed with much deep knowledge, humorously presented, and, especially pleasurable to me, occasional strings where she and her daughter will take a single song and present verses in half a dozen languages, noting how the story changes as it is passed from culture to culture.” Ari Davidow, KlezmerShack
Dr. Judith R. Cohen is a performer and ethnomusicologist specializing in Judeo-Spanish (“Ladino”) Sephardic songs, as well as in medieval and traditional music, including Balkan, Portuguese, Yiddish, and French Canadian, pan-European balladry, and songs from Crypto-Jewish regions of the Portuguese-Spanish border.
Her daughter, Tamar Ilana Cohen Adams often performs with her. Judith’s performance repertoire and lectures draw on her village field work in several Mediterranean countries and in urban immigrant communities; and on her academic research, presented in a dynamic, accessible style adaptable to audiences from sophisticated cognoscenti to school children. Her commentaries can be given in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese. She accompanies her traditional-style singing on bowed vielle, ‘ud, dulcimer and traditional percussion instruments, and is an accomplished player of recorders and pipe-and-tabor. Tamar Ilana is an accomplished traditional singer, and adds percussion, drawing on her years of flamenco dance training and her travels and fieldwork with Judith.