The confectioners from Graubündenweret and still are legendary. In the beginning of the 20th century they established as emigrants bakeries, pastry shops, bars and cafes in Amsterdam, Moscow, Dresden or in Paris. As well Christian Callfisch, who originally came from the canton Graubünden/Switzerland, did so in Trin. He opened up the famous "Caffè Caflisch“ in the Sicilian city Palermo around 1900. Pippo Pollina sat in "Caffè Caflisch“ for days during his student time and drank his Espresso, read Lampedusas novel "il Gattopardo“ (the leopard) or prepared himself for his exam in law. He did not become a jurist. But the jump of the leopard took place. Because in the novel it is written that the one who tries his luck has to leave the island. Lampedusa wrote his world famous novel at one of the tables of "Caffè Caflisch" and Pollina had the heart to take the big step over the ocean.
Only packed with his guitar and sleeping bag he travelled through the northern countries of Europe and get caught in Switzerland. Last but not least because of the songwriter Linard Bardill from Bünden, who got to know him as street musician in Luzern and who immediately invited him to join his tour through Engadin/Graubünden. A friendship was born that lasts already 22 years now.
"I nu passaran“ was the name of the program , "they won`t get through it“, which was about fascists and racists, people who hate foreigners and fake patriots. Bardills Rhaeto-Romanic songs were quite militant for this time and Pollina knew about what they sang – in the meantime he became an emigrant himself.
After the expanded tour through the alpine area Pollina and Bardill came back to Sicily from time to time and always had a café in the “Caflisch“: Quello giusto, the real Italian one. Today the Cafe is fixed in Sicilian hands. The Caflischs returned to Switzerland. But nevertheless is this place one of many witnesses that all people are foreign persons, nearly everywhere and that tolerance and an open mind are the best precondition that foreigners become friends.
Jazzhaus Records will release this Cd “Caffè Caflisch“ on 29. December 2009. At the same time the Swiss TV will broadcast a first documentary in the show “10 vor 10“ about the album and its explosive issue.
Pollina and Bardill will return on 8. January 2009 with their new program "Caffè Caflisch“ in Palermo and on 10th January 2009 in Hausen am Albis. From January till December 2009 both musicians can be listened to about 40 times in Germany, Austria, Italy and in Switzerland ( for example in Dresden, Milano, Rome, Vienna, Salzburg, Zurich, Basle, Bern).
|1. Wenn I Gohn (Pippo, Pollina)|
|2. Caffe Caflisch (Pippo, Pollina)|
|3. Uf und furt (Pippo, Pollina)|
|4. A songwriter in New York (Pippo, Pollina)|
|5. En Leopard im Kaffi (Pippo, Pollina)|
|6. Anni settanta (Pippo, Pollina)|
|7. Lampedusa (Pippo, Pollina)|
|8. Grida no (Pippo, Pollina)|
|9. Los Bueb (Pippo, Pollina)|
|10. Ciao bella ciao (Pippo, Pollina)|
|11. Rosegarte (Pippo, Pollina)|
|12. Ci sera (Pippo, Pollina)|