About Moshe Denburg

Moshe Denburg, who hails from a well known Montreal Rabbinical family, came to the west coast of Canada in 1982.

His musical career has spanned over 5 decades and his accomplishments encompass a wide range of musical activities, including composition, performance, music education, and artistic direction. He is the founder of the internationally known Jewish Music ensemble Tzimmes, and also of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO).

Denburg began his career in Israel in the 1960s, and was one of the first to write rock songs in Hebrew, for a Jerusalem based group he directed, called Habama Hahashmalit (The Electric Stage).

He has studied music extensively, both formally and informally, and for the past 40 years has been engaged in exploring the musical resources of the non-Western world, creating music that challenges musicians of differing disciplines to work together across aural/written cultural divides, and to find a common musical aesthetic.

Denburg has traveled worldwide, living and studying in the United States, Israel, India and Japan. From 1986 to 1990 he studied composition with John Celona at the University of Victoria, Canada. He has written a large number of works for a variety of instruments from non-Western cultures (East Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and more), which have been performed and broadcast at festivals and on the radio both in Canada and abroad. His original Jewish Music work has been released on 5 albums, and early on in his recording career his liturgical songs were played regularly on Kol Israel Radio.

Denburg is the recipient of numerous Canada Council grants and commissions and is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre. He presently serves as an artistic advisor and contributing composer for the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, as well as Band Leader and Producer for Tzimmes.

Moshe Denburg

Arranging / Orchestration, Guitar, Production, World/Ethnic, Klezmer, Classical

Vancouver, Canada