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video/concert > INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2022 | A Journey into Klezmer Musical Culture and Yiddish Song



video/concert > INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2022 | A Journey into Klezmer Musical Culture and Yiddish Song

A Journey into Klezmer Musical Culture and Yiddish Song

More than twenty years after its establishment, the reference to article 1 of the law establishing this anniversary is always timely and appropriate: "The Italian Republic recognizes January 27, the date of the demolition of the Auschwitz gates, Remembrance Day, in order to remember the Shoah"; a strong message also reaffirmed in the novel If this is a man by Primo Levi, which emphasizes the importance of memory in order not to repeat the errors and horrors of the past.

On the occasion of this international anniversary, also recognized by the UN since 2005, our Institute presents the documentary The Judge of the Righteous and an online event with saxophonist Gabriele Coen, the greatest Italian exponent of Klezmer music, pianist Pietro Lussu and singer Barbara Eramo, a guest in three pieces of the concert. The concert repertoire is a short journey into Klezmer musical culture and Yiddish song.

Klezmer music and Yiddish song share a long and tormented path, which marks four centuries of life and wandering culture, starting from the lands of Eastern Europe to arrive in the United States, where the encounter with jazz will provide new life thanks to key figures such as George Gershwin and Benny Goodman, Mickey Katz and John Zorn, and finally the return in Europe.

The video will be available January 27th-February 6th, 2022.
Event organized 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.


Date: Da Thursday, January 27, 2022 a Sunday, February 06, 2022

Organized by : IIC San Francisco

In collaboration with : New Age Productions

Entrance : Free