Next March 5, the Maestro Francesco Lotoro will be a guest at the annual conference of the European Academy of Religion. The 2019 edition is dedicated to “Faith and religious freedom, between music and concentration camps” and will take place at the Teatro San Leonardo in Bologna. Francesco Lotoro will expose the presentation “The search for lost music: Prolegomena of concentrationary music literature”. During the Conference will be screened “Maestro”, a documentary by the Franco-Argentine director Alexandre Valenti and distributed by Istituto Luce Cinecittà, dedicated to the research carried out by Lotoro in 30 years, all over the world, about the music composed in concentration camps; it is an international co-production to which contributed also the apulian production company INTERGEA managed by Donatella Altieri and Dario Di Mella.
The Conference aims to deepen the relationship between music, anthropology, philosophy, law and religion, starting from musical “concentrazionaria” phenomenology. Music “concentrazionaria” production has played an important role in the lives of deportees: in fact, music allows even those who do not believe to elevate the spirit. The meticulous research of the Maestro Lotoro (who will be one of the speakers) has allowed to revive the melodies created by the prisoners in a context of captivity. The musicians have composed their works as an irrepressible hymn to life, capable of overcoming their tragic death, using music as a means of redemption, as a space of freedom, even religious.