27 NOVEMBER, WEDNESDAY
AUDITORIUM PARCO DELLA MUSICA
TEATRO STUDIO BORGNA
9 pm – Via Pietro de Coubertin, 30
LEONARD BERNSTEIN TRIBUTE
Gabriele Coen: saxophone, clarin. Benny Penazzi: cello. Alessandro Gwis: piano. Danilo Gallo: double bass. Zeno De Rossi: drums.
For Joseph Göbbels, jazz was “American-Negro-Jewish jungle music”, which would be enough to cement the importance of the Jewish contribution to the birth and development of jazz. Saxophonist Gabriele Coen is the Italian musician who has most investigated and worked on the relationship between jazz and Jewish music in all its forms and mutual acquisitions. His new project is dedicated to the composer, pianist and conductor, Leonard Bernstein, whose love for jazz and closeness to African-American liberation movements, such as the Black Panthers, is well-documented. From the sounds of the famous musical, West Side Story, set against the backdrop of racial tensions between white and Puerto Ricans, to rarely heard songs, Coen reinterprets this heritage by reassessing it through the lens of contemporary jazz.