Transcontinental Collaboration: A Concert of Sinti and Roma and American Jazz

ERIAC was proud to present “A Concert of Sinti and Roma and American Jazz” at Stiftung Kai Dikhas in Berlin. This performance was part of ERIAC’s new music initiative which celebrates the rich tradition of Sinti and Roma jazz.

The all-star ensemble performed a diverse selection from Sinti and Roma and American jazz styles, as well as repertoire that bridged both traditions. Throughout the concert, Gabriel Condon, a DAAD scholar and doctoral student-researcher from the University of Michigan, United States, shared anecdotes from his research in Berlin, which focused on the intersections of Sinti and Roma jazz, identity, and culture.

“Shine,” featured in this video from the concert, was written in 1910 with lyrics by Cecil Mack and Lew Brown and music by Ford Dabney. This piece was also recorded by Django Reinhardt and the Quintette du Hot Club de France in the 1930’s, demonstrating the long connection between Sinti and Roma and American musical artists.

Sandro Roy, violin

Jermaine Landsberger, piano

Janko Lauenberger, guitar

Gabriel Condon, guitar

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