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December 30, 2011

Sofia Noël, z"l

From Judith Cohen:

Sofia NoelWhile we are still reeling from the loss of Adrienne—waking up wondering how she could not be here—just learned that Sofia Noël passed away on December 27, at the age of 96. I met her only once, in the early 80s when I was just beginning to work on Sephardic music, and she was friendly, to the point, elegant... Sofia Noel was both Sephardic and Ashkenazi; she fled Brussels for Spain during World War II. A classically trained singer, she performed Spanish chamber music, as well as Hassidic songs, and songs from different cultures, including a "three cultures" approach long before it became de rigueur. She also carried out research, published articles, taught enthusiastically, and brought Sephardic (and other) music to a wide public through her radio broadcasts. In the '70s and '80s many people in the world of Spanish folk music mentioned her frequently; since her retirement from public life, her central role in bringing Sephardic music to people's attention has become less and less known. For those who read Spanish, more information at www.rtve.es/radio/20111228/fallece-sofia-noel-voz-sefarad/485525.shtml

December 27, 2011

Funeral for Adrienne Cooper, z"l, Wed., Dec 28, Oakland, CA

From Jeff Warschauer:

Memorial service and funeral for Adrienne Cooper in California tomorrow (Wednesday). Memorial event in NYC January 1.

A memorial service for Adrienne Cooper will take place at 11 am tomorrow (Wednesday) at Congregation B'nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA. This will be followed by a graveside funeral (approximately 12:30 PM) at Oakmont Cemetery in Lafayette, CA.

There will be a memorial service in NY on January 1st, New Years Day at Temple Ansche Chesed at 12 noon. To learn more about Adrienne and her extraordinary legacy, and for more details on Funeral and Memorial Services, click here.

Remember Adrienne

I have posted some of my own thoughts and memories of Adrienne, most appropriately, I think, on the "Jewesses with Attitude" blog: Remembering Adrienne Cooper: Mother to the Klezmer/Yiddish revival.

Adrienne Cooper passed away peacefully on Sunday evening after a long fight with cancer. Famous primarily for her extraordinary voice and ability to make Yiddish song clear to all, regardless of whether or not the listener understood the language, Cooper was, in many ways, the mother of the Klezmer/Yiddish revival of the 1980s.... [more]

Bob Blacksberg's photo, of Adrienne singing with a group at KlezKanada 2010, captures how I remember her, perfectly.

December 26, 2011

Adrienne Cooper Khane-freyde bas beyle-buni z"l

From Jeff Warschauer, last night:

"Adrienne Cooper passed away peacefully earlier tonight.
Borukh dayen emes.
Zol zi hobn a likhtikn gan-eydn un zol zi nisht visn mer fun keyn tsar."

Adrienne Cooper, source: KlezKanadaThe funeral will be held on Wednesday in California. A memorial is currently planned in NYC on Sunday, Jan1. Details to follow.

Despite knowing that she was failing, I find myself still unable to put down in words the grief I feel at losing a friend, and the grief of a larger community that has lost a friend, a teacher, an amazing performer and scholar, an advocate and activist. Among her lesser accomplishments is the co-founding of KlezKamp, an annual gathering whose 27th annual gathering convened just yesterday. Ari

In Monday's Forward, Jeffrey Shandler writes: Adrienne Cooper Embodied Progressive Spirit

Judith Pinnolis, who wrote Cooper's entry for Encyclopedia Judaica, expands it and adds her own appreciation: Adrienne Cooper: A Yiddish Light Goes Out

December 25, 2011

A song for the season

It's a repeat, but this is the day to enjoy this gem: If you see this today (Sun, 12/25, 2011), and you are in the Bay Area, you can also skootch over to Saul's Deli for the annual KlezmerJam/Latke Fest from 11am-2pm