The Tufts University Community Concert Series presents an exploration
of the violin and other bowed strings in traditional folk and classical from all sides of the Mediterranean and beyond. Beth Bahia Cohen will perform on the
violin, Turkish bowed tanbur & kabak kemane, Persian kemancheh, Greek & Italian lyras, the Norwegian hardanger fiddle, & Romanian trumpet violin. Special guests include:
Nima Janmohammedi on the Persian setar, kemanche, with vocals;
- Volkan Efe on the Turkish tanbur and bağlama;
- Mal Barsamian on the oud;
- Fabio Pirozzolo - percussion and vocals;
- Dean Lampros on the Greek santouri and percussion; and
- Joe Teja on the guitar.
The concert will feature music of Persia, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Romania, Hungary, the Klezmer tradition, and Syria .
The date, time and place:
Sunday February 3, 2013 3 pm Tufts University, Granoff Music Center, 20 Talbot Ave, Somerville, MA.02144 .
Admission is free; for more information contact
the Tufts Music Box Office at 617-627-3679 or http://www.tufts.edu/musiccenter
Beth Bahia Cohen has spent a large part of her career exploring how the violin is played in various cultures. A graduate of Brandeis University in Psychology, she trained as a classical violinist and violist in NYC, getting her Master's Degree in Violin Performance from Manhattan School of Music, and spent several years performing with numerous symphony, ballet, opera and chamber orchestras in New York and Europe, as well as in Broadway shows and commercial recording studios.
Of Syrian Jewish and Russian Jewish heritage, she was inspired at a young age by the sounds she heard at family gatherings, which then led her to travel, study and perform with masters of the violin and other bowed instruments from Hungary, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Ireland, India, and Norway. She plays several Greek lyras, the Turkish bowed tanbur and kabak kemane, the Egyptian rababa, the Norwegian hardanger fiddle, and more. She plays village music from Hungary, Greek music from various regions of Greece, Turkish classical and folk music, Arabic and Klezmer music. She has been the recipient of many travel and research grants, including the NEA/Artists International grant and the Radcliffe Bunting fellowship. She performs regularly with several groups and as a soloist in The Art of the Bow, which brings together the various bowed instrument traditions as well as her original music, and she teaches workshops and ensembles in universities throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. As an Applied Music faculty member in the Tufts University World Music program, Beth teaches the violin traditions mentioned above, as well as European classical violin.
For more information on Ms. Cohen see: http://bethbahiacohen.com/