Cantor Norman Cohen Falah was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1973, the son of an Ashkenazi mother and a Sephardic father. Both these traditions bore a strong influence on his upbringing, inspiring him to pursue a lifelong celebration of the two cultures. In his early twenties, Norman ‘heard the call’ and decided to study Hazzanut at the Latin-American Rabbinical Seminary. He also studied guitar and piano at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Buenos Aires. He has taken part in seminars exploring the Torah and musical and pedagogical techniques in Israel. In his early career he was awarded a number of prestigious prizes for composition.
After serving as Hazzan in Argentina for eight years, in 2003, Norman decided to move to the Netherlands as full-time Chazan at the Liberaal Joodse Gemeente (Liberal Jewish Community) in Amsterdam.
In 2005, Norman was appointed full-time Cantor at Belsize Square Synagogue, London with special responsibilities for B’nei Mitzvah. During the six years of service he mastered the synagogue's German musical tradition of Lewandowski and Sulzer, enriching it with his unique style with Sephardic and Latin-American Hazzanut.
As a composer, Norman has written many songs, mostly in his native Spanish. He has also written several liturgical compositions, some of which have been adopted by congregations in Argentina and across Latinamerica for use in their services.
Now Cantor Cohen Falah’s journey has brought him, along with his wife, Florencia to Temple Sinai of North Dace, Miami, Florida. A versatile, soulful and energetic performer, Cantor Norman sings in seven languages, in a variety of styles and for all ages.
His Ashkenazi and Sephardic background and training allow him to create a unique spiritual experience at shul, at weddings and at concerts.
Cantor Norman has just released his new CD TefiLatina! A celebration of Jewish Music with a Latin twist. The CD portrays a wide spectrum of music from Latin American Jewish liturgy to modern Hebrew songs, from Sephardic to Yiddish music, and from boleros to tango.
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