“Libertà va cercando”. The Ossigeno Concert at the Casa del Jazz

An hour of music performed by the “Cercatori di libertà” trio. Vittorio Viviani presented the event. It is the first stage of the “Jazz and human rights” project

An evening of jazz music to celebrate freedom of press and expression and to remember all those who defend it along with those who exercise it by encountering difficulties, suffering threats and retaliation. This is how the free concert “Libertà va cercando” was presented, organized by Ossigeno per l’Informazione at the Casa del Jazz in Rome. The show, very applauded, was offered on the evening of December 18 at the auditorium of the park in Viale di Porta Ardeatina.

An hour and a half of deep and overwhelming melodies, performed by the “Cercatori di libertà” trio formed by Gianluca Lusi (saxophone), Vittorio Mezza (piano) and Luigi Masciari (guitar). The trio has undertaken with Ossigeno a common path in defense of human rights. The concert marked the launch of the “Jazz and Human Rights” project, which aims to produce other original compositions on the theme and present them to the public on 30 April 2018 at the International Jazz Day and on 3 May 2018 at the celebrations of the International Press Freedom Day, organized by the UN. The connection between Jazz music and Ossigeno might seem strange, but it was Maestro Mezza himself who reminded the public that the historical matrix of jazz is based on the ideals of freedom and on the defense of rights.

The evening, which was attended, among others, by Lazzaro Pappagallo, secretary of the Roman Press Association, Adriana Lotti of Agcom and several journalists, was presented by the actor Vittorio Viviani.

The choice of the Jazz House as the venue for the concert is also significant. “It is a good that has been confiscated from the Magliana band”, said the director of the structure, Luciano Linzi. “The house was reopened in 2005 and has since become the symbol of the battles of associations such as Libera and Ossigeno per l’Informazione”.

The collaboration between the Observatory and the “Cercatori di libertà” trio began in October when, on the occasion of the International Day for the end of impunity for crimes against journalists (a recurrence organized by the UN and celebrated in Rome by Ossigeno ) the piece Libertà va cercando, dedicated to human rights and in particular to freedom of information, has been composed and presented to the public. The composition of Vittorio Mezza, performed by his piano and by Gianluca Lusi’s saxophone, represents the musical symbol of freedom of the press.

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