A concert of symphonic music and song to promote a united Europe free from discrimination: “Romano Drom – a concert-journey into Romany music”. For this unique artistic and cultural event Alexian Group will be joined by the European Orchestra for Peace in a performance of original Romany music and songs composed and arranged by Alexian Santino Spinelli, promoter and art director for this event.
Romany musicians have wandered from square to square and castle to castle since the Renaissance period and have influenced and inspired refined musicians with new musical rhythms and instruments. But it was mainly in the Romantic period (when the concepts of nationality, cultural roots, local folklore and freedom were asserting themselves) that the great composers, such as Liszt, Brahms, Schubert, and later Dvorak, Mussorgsky, Ravel, Debussy, Bartok and Stravinsky drew inspiration from the Romany musical tradition.
What is totally new for this concert, however, is that Romany music is not absorbed by classical art music - instead the orchestra will accompany and blend in with Romany music using an original score performed by the Roma composer himself.
The concert is an artistic-cultural journey in which the deep roots of a centuries-old people distinguished by prismatic nuances and intense emotions are recalled through sounds, words and colours.
It is a journey into the intimate aspects of the history and culture of a transnational people. The music performed in the concerts, in which the echoes of the past can be heard, is the music performed in a family setting, music the Roma play to hand down a memory, to communicate and stay together. The songs are unwritten memories which enclose the ethical, philosophical and linguistic values of a multi-faceted people.
Europe is a cultural mosaic, it is also a musical mosaic and every nation is a repository of rhythms and styles that have evolved over the centuries. This rich European cultural mosaic has also been enriched and influenced by the colour and distinct forms of music created by the Romany people who originated from Northern India.
This concert, with its artistic importance and originality, and through the compositions and performance by Alexian Santino Spinelli and his group, is yet a further contribution to European culture by the Roma people, people who have never declared war on anybody, never formed an army or carried out any act of terrorism.
Romanò Drom Viaggio concerto nella musica Rom
A Concert Journey into romany music
Orchestra Europea per la Pace
European Orchestra for Peace
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