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The Band

Hélène Engel

Hélène Engel à Lausanne Novembre 2012

Hélène ENGEL is a singer, a musicologist, a composer, a lyricist and an arranger. Specialist in Jewish folklore she sings in Yiddish, Hebrew, and Judeo-Spanish, as well as in English and French… and other languages! She has produced five recordings.  Hélène's tours have taken her throughout France and to major folklore festivals in Europe and Northern America. Now based in Montreal, she sings occasionally as cantorial soloist at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Shalom and is a regular member of the Shaare Zion choir. She is also an accredited Music Therapist who graduated at UQAM in April 2000. Since 2007, she produces a weekly radio-show, on radio-shalom Montreal : Les faces cachées de la musique juive (The hidden faces of Jewish music).

Click HERE for Helene's biography

Hélène Engel Trio

The Helene Engel Trio began in Montreal in 2005 and has since been performing with their show "Traveling Notes," a voyage of Jewish music from all corners of the world. Through her years of Judaic research and exploration, Helene Engel has brought together a broad repertoire of melodies, music, and texts in Yiddish, Hebrew, Judeo-Spanish, Russian, French, English and other languages. 

The show visits those precious moments of Jewish life full of flavour, humour, melancholy and joy, including Helene's own compositions. Henri Oppenheim was the first accomplice starting a duet with Helene Engel in 2004. Then Marie-Neige Lavigne joined them in 2005. And in 2012, a big change occurred: Melanie Bergeron entered the bal, replacing Henri Oppenheim and the new formula of the Helene Engel Trio is now a variation on the feminine theme as bass player Abby Geiger joined the team and accordionist Nadia Delisle is slowly replacing Mélanie.

   

Click HERE for Abby Geiger's website
Click HERE for Abby Geiger's biography
Click HERE for Marie-Neige Lavigne's biography
Click HERE for Nadia Delisle's biography
Click HERE for Mélanie Bergeron's biography

Tricontinental

Born from encounters of a special type, Tricontinental trio gathered together a core of 3 musicians : Indian tabla player Hindole Majumdar, Morrocan Oud player Khalil Moqadem and French singer and guitarist Hélène Engel. This is how three musicians from three continents blend their Mediterranean melodies, klezmer chords and Indian rhythms to enchant you. But this is not all. This trio is expendable and sometimes other musicians and artists join in such as bass player Abby Geiger, Clarinettist Noah Century or dancer Fouzia Aachi.

Click HERE for Fouzia Aachi's biography
Click HERE for Hindole Majumdar's biography
Click HERE for Khalil Moqadem's biography
Click HERE for Noah Century's biography