COMBINED LECTURES AND CONCERTS ABOUT ROMANI & JEWISH HISTORY, CULTURE AND MUSIC

In addition to the usual concert format, the groups Krilja and Salamander can offer combined lectures and concerts themed around Romani (aka Gypsy) and Jewish history, culture and music, respectively. 

Jewish lecture/concert with Salamander

The lecture traces the history of the Jews from their earliest origins in the Eastern Mediterranean region until the present day. Among other things, it deals with the interactions between the Jews and the majority populations in the areas they've inhabited, their ample contributions to culture and science and the origins and development of antisemitism. The focus lies on the history of the Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews, but other less well known Jewish groups with ancient roots are also touched upon, such as the Persian, Indian, Ethiopian and Chinese Jews.

The event is divided into three sections. The first section is comprised by the lecture itself, with a couple of music examples performed by Salamander. This is followed by a question and answer session. Then follows a mini concert with more live music. The total length is between 75 and 90 minutes, depending on the length of the question and answer session. The event can also be booked with Salamander Duo (instead of the full band).

The lecture is given by Salamanders' fiddle player Jonas Liljeström, who is an ehtnomusicologist educated at Gothenburg University and has partly Jewish ancestry.

More info about Salamander can be found here. More ifno about Salamander Duo is here.

Romani lecture/concert with Krilja

Krilja's lecture begins with an account of the history of the Romani people, continuing with the characteristics of the Romani music traditions before finally focusing specifically on the history of Romani music in Russia until the present day. The programme is divided into a lecture section (with music examples performed live), followed by a question and answer session and finally a mini concert. The total length is between 75 and 90 minutes. The lecture/concert has been given with great success in several public libraries, schools and academies in Sweden as well as at the Siglufjördur Folk Music Festival in Iceland (translated into English).

Krilja's lecture is given by Jonas Liljeström. The music is performed by Krilja where Jonas plays the fiddle.

More info about Krilja can be found here.