Digital sound recordings, video recordings, and photographs documenting a concert performed by Sophia Bilides with Mal Barsamian and Mike Gregian in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress on August 24, 2011 as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Photographs by John Barton.
Original Format:Manuscripts/Mixed Material - Collection
Sophia Bilides sings and plays santouri (Greek hammered dulcimer) and zilia (finger cymbals). Smyrneika songs arose out an urban population where the music of Greeks, Turks, Jews, and Armenians influenced each other in the early decades of the 20th century. This vibrant cultural scene was shattered when conflicts led to the 1922 Asia-Minor Catastrophe. The destruction of the port city of Smyrna (Izmir) led ...
Original Format:Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material - Collection