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Oral history interview with Ariel Carciente

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.54.26 | RG Number: RG-50.647.0026

Ariel Carciente, born in 1951 in Casablanca, Morocco, discusses his family background; his interest in music, particularly music from Andalusia; his mother, who was born in Switzerland in 1911 and worked as a social worker; his father, who was born in Casablanca in 1904; his grandfather who was from the Tetuan region of Morocco; the use of a chorus and organ in the Casablanca synagogue, as well as marriage traditions and how the service was sung; studying in Morocco and having a Jewish and French education; passing his baccalaureate exam in Morocco; travelling between Algeria and France; completing his military service in France; leaving Morocco in 1978 and going to Israel; originally studying for the rabbinate but not completing the studies; learning tunes at various synagogues, especially those used by Jews from Algeria; performing prayers from the Algerian tradition on the radio in Jerusalem; the distinctions between Arab Muslim music from Spain and the musical traditions of Algerian Jews; the variation of melodies and texts in different regions; music and singing being alternately banned or permitted in Arab countries; his work with the Minister of Education in Israel to bring Andalusian music to schools; the Maghreb Orchestra which plays only Algerian music; and books on Jewish and Arabic musical traditions (many of which he shows during the interview).

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Carciente, Ariel
interview:  2007 August 13
1 DVD : MPEG-2.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Nicole Cohen-Addad
Record last modified: 2022-06-16 10:10:50
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