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In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, created by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2005 to remember the victims of the Shoah, on the anniversary of the demolition of the Auschwitz gates, the Italian Cultural Institute presents a video concert of traditional Jewish music performed by Gabriele Coen (saxophone), Pietro Lussu (piano) and Barbara Eramo (voice) recalling the communities and way of life destroyed in the Holocaust.
The concert is accompanied by pre-recorded remarks by the Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles Silvia Chiave and by the Director of the Museum of Tolerance Liebe Geft as well as a symbolic name reading of victims of the Holocaust.
The video will be available January 27th-February 6th, 2022.
Organized by the Consulate General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles in collaboration with the Museum of Tolerance in collaboration with New Age Production.
Mark Varshavski, Oyfn Pripetshik – On the stove (Sul focolare), with Barbara Eramo
Mordechai Gebirtig, Kinder Yorn – Childwood Years (Anni dell’infanzia)
Abraham Goldfaden, Rozhinkes mit Mandlen – Raisins and almonds (Uva passa e mandorle)
Shlomo Secunda, Dona Dona – Dona Dona, with Barbara Eramo
Shmerke Kaczerginski, Friling – Springtime (Primavera)
Shlomo Secunda, Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn – By me, you are beautiful (Per me sei bellissima)
Glik – Fortuna
Herman Yablokoff, Papirosn – Cigarettes (Sigarette)
La rosa enflorece (Sephardic Traditional) – The Rose Blossoms (La rosa fiorisce), with Barbara Eramo
Saxophonist, clarinetist and composer, Gabriele Coen has been interested for years in the intersection between jazz and ethnic music, especially Mediterranean and Eastern European. He is the founder of KlezRoym, the most famous Italian formation dedicated to the updating of the Jewish musical heritage, with which he has recorded five discs. From 1996 to 2004 he collaborated assiduously with I Solisti di Roma. As a composer and performer he created the music for Emanuele Crialese’s film Once we were strangers and Luca Calvanelli’s A gennaio with Klezroym; with Mario Rivera for Notturno Bus, by Davide Marengo, starring Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Valerio Mastandrea and Ennio Fantastichini. In 2010 he made the soundtrack for Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio, by Isotta Toso. In 2011 he was placed in seventh place among the best Italian saxophonists in the ranking drawn up by Jazzit. In January 2013 his Yiddish Melodies in Jazz was released. Among the various artistic collaborations developed over the years it is worth highlighting those with Circo Diatonico, Piccola Banda Ikona by Stefano Saletti, Camera Ensemble with Giovanni Palombo, Elisabetta Antonini trio with Alessandro Gwis.
Pietro Lussu was born in Rome, where he began studying classical piano as a child. With Rosario Giuliani Quartet he won the first prize for the best group in the prestigious Europe Jazz Contest in Brussels, the starting point for an intense concert activity at international level. His elegance and sensitivity have opened the way to numerous collaborations in the recording field, with more than 50 recordings to his credit. In 2019 he founded the Gibigiana Records label with Alice Ricciardi, their debut is Catch a Falling Star. In 2018 he participated with Gabriele Coen in the project Jewish Jazz! Jewish music meets jazz, four listening guide meetings with live musical examples at the Union of Italian Jewish Communities.
Barbara Eramo was born in Taranto but lives in Rome. A flexible and surprising interpreter echoing the voices of great international artist (Bjork, Tori Amos, Nick Drake) without betraying her Italian origins, she has collaborated with various personalities of Italian music, first of all Oscar® winner Nicola Piovani.