Sinti_ze Jazz is a selection of the “bests” of Sinti Jazz. The concert series brings together the leading musicians mixing contemporary and traditional sounds from diverse Roma/Sinti communities. The Berlin-based jazz quartet, Janko Lauenberger, interprets pieces by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in the spirit of the 1930s era. The Sandro Roy Quintet, with Jermaine Landsberger and Giovanni Weiss, performs a unique combination of classical and jazz with traditional gypsy sounds. The young, female virtuosos of Berlin’s Roma, vocal jazz scene, UK-born Riah Knight, and the German-Nigerian Afro-Sinti, Tayo Awosusi-Onutor, are also joining the evening programme.
On the occasion of the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of National Socialism Volksbühne’s Diaspora Europe Festival invites Sinti, Roma and Jewish communities to take a stand, presenting their own perspectives and narratives for Europe. The programme encapsulates diverse forms and practices developed by Jewish and Roma/Sinti public figures, scholars, artists, performers and citizens to contemplate and employ ideas to create a mutually accessible, translatable and inspirational European culture inviting active participation and engagement.
The invited artists and contributors of Diaspora Europe contemplate their own memories, identities, locations, opinions and reflections of living together in Europe, affirming a kaleidoscopic programme presenting a multitude of positions. The complete programme embraces intimate and public discussions, exhibitions, performances, and music concerts, all sharing Jewish and Roma/Sinti European history and creativity, and revealing the connectedness of our European contemporary reality as a form of constant adaptation, alignment, re-invention and belonging. The aim here is to articulate intersections of common experiences and to enter into a dialogue with the audience with a common voice in diversity.
The Roma components of the Festival were curated by ERIAC in the framework of the German Presidency of the Council of Europe.