The Union of Jewish Students in conjunction with the Jewish Music Institute, Rene Cassin and a host of London Jewish Societies, are proud to present our first music concert, ‘Together in Tune’.
This concert will bring together the Jewish and Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller community, through the celebration and recognition of our similar music styles. Featuring a variety of highly talented, versatile, professional singers, dancers and bands from these two communities the unique event will bring together Jewish-Roma cultural life in a celebration of music, dance and culture.
Programme of music and speakers:
Speaker: Gabor Boros
Singer: Florence Joelle
Poet: Phien O’Reachtigan
This event couldn’t have come at a better time, as this year will be the 70th anniversary of the UN’s Universal Declaration on Human Rights, where we are committed to call out human rights abuse, particularly with ethnic minority groups such as the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community, whom face extreme segregation and often human rights abuse in the U.K.
By effect, this event will create a more accepting, stronger, and more dynamic community.
Refreshments and canapés: 7:00pm
Start time: 7:30pm
Event curfew 10.30pm
Paris-born, London-based Gypsy Jazz & Blues Singer Songwriter and Record Collector
“Joelle’s sensuous purred vocals and sprightly jazzy songs lend proceedings a contemporary edge while circumventing mere nostalgia.” The Independent****
“Florence is a rare jewel… She boasts deliciously suave vocal phrasing framed by a hot and agile band. Her savvy originals and jumping jazz standards are an unaffected joy. Blooming lovely.” The Daily Mirror****
“It’s her voice that smacks you around the head. It’s utterly unique. “
Ruth Barnes’ Pick Of The Week, Tom Robinson’s Show, BBC 6 Music
Phien was born in the “Swinging Sixties” into a family of Pavee people, more widely known as Irish Travellers. The youngest of six brothers and six sisters, he was born in a hospital, although many of his siblings were born at the side of the road, incanvas tents. He is a single father of seven children, four of whom he raised single handedly.
Self-taught, with very little formal education, Phien moved around the UK and Ireland with his family during his formative years, when he began to write poems to describe how he felt inside. Now he is co-chair of the National Gypsy-Traveller-Roma council.
From soulful Sephardic songs to lively Balkan rhythms, Bis-Bas present their spicy fusion of Klezmer and Middle Eastern music.
Vocalist Jonny Mosesson hails from Aden, a port town on the ancient spice route where Eastern influences merge with Spanish and North African music. Bogdan Vacarescu brings the romantic, virtuoso sound of the Romanian school of violin. Jake Painter is one of London’s leading Jazz trumpeters, and guitarist Peter Michaels expresses his East European heritage alongside a passion for flamenco.