From Sunday 30 March, the Popular School of Music in Testaccio organizes “What are these things called jazz , 4 meetings with Eugenio Colombo on jazz and surroundings”, a series of meetings that will last until Sunday, April 13th and will continue with a further appointment at a date yet to be determined. It is interesting to note that – as is to be expected by the school, that is an institution that has been working through research, teaching and the various interpretations of all repertoires of the music of oral tradition of our country – the approach to jazz and its derivatives, such as the gospel and the blues, is essentially “popular”. Face how to bring out the traditional profile of the first music and the deep bond with the social spheres within which they were produced and have, over the last century, took an extraordinary autonomy. In this context, the “arguments” treaties reflect the complexity of musical expressions in question. The first meeting, for example, titled “The religious issue”, tackles the “Spiritual, gospel (literally spel God, which is the word of God), the galactic religion of Sun Ra, Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert, “A Love Supreme” by John Coltrane, “Better Get It in your Soul” by Charles Mingus, “Son of a Preacher Man” sung by Aretha Franklin, but also the mass conversion of the African American population to Islam began in the thirties with peak acceptance during the period of the struggle for civil rights and the war in Viet-Nam … the whole story, not just the music, the Afro American is crossed by hints and more or less obvious interference of religion or at least a sort of some mysticism”. The second meeting, scheduled for Sunday, April 6, is devoted to “The people of the blues” and is introduced through the volume of Leroi Jones “(now Amiri Barka) – The People ‘s Blues – where in the introduction” read “the and the black American blues were born at the same time.”. The meeting of Sunday, April 13 is dedicated to the theme “Europe, mother and stepmother”, developed through a reflection on the Europeans emigrated to America: “Europeans Americans led them into exile, hopes, ideals and desire to change their lives, but also uses and customs, including music and theater , and sometimes more or less organized crime”. The last meeting, at a later date, is devoted to Africa, to close the loop.
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