The world’s first ghetto came into being 500 years ago in Venice. Other cities already had their Jewish quarters, but only in Venice was there a town-within-a-town, surrounded by a wall and gates. For the inhabitants, this meant both protection and a lack of freedom. New York-based klezmer musician Frank London has studied the specific music that grew up in cultural isolation, and has designed a programme that combines Venetian gondola songs, synagogue music, medieval Italian poetry, Biblical texts and political songs.
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