public performances of traditional music and dance drawn from
across the United States. Reviving a Library tradition of folk
music presentations that dates to the 1940s, most of the noontime
will be held on the West steps of the Thomas Jefferson Building,
Library of Congress at noon (see below for alternate locations
Generally, no tickets are required; however, please see
below for any alternative arrangements.
Thursday, April 1, 2004 at 7:30 pm
Masters of Mexican Music explores the musical traditions of
an important and growing segment of the U.S. population. Master
musicians from four distinct regional traditions - the mariachi
of Jalisco, the Veracruz harp tradition ensemble, the accordion-based
conjunto of the Texas-Mexican border area, and the marimba of
southern Mexico will be performing. Featured artists include
Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, José Gutiérrez,
Mingo Saldivar, and Marimba Chiapas. The national tour is produced
by the National Council for the Traditional Arts and the Mid
Atlantic Arts Foundation.
Tickets are required; no reserved seating.
Presented by the American Folklife Center at the Library
NORMAN and NANCY BLAKE
Old Time country music
15, 2004 at
Norman Blake is one of the most respected musicians
in the field of country music. His career, spanning almost fifty
over thirty recordings, as well as hundreds of sessions and
appearances, with artists ranging from the Carter Family and
Johnny Cash to
Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, and John Hartford.
A virtuoso guitar and mandolin player, he and his wife, Nancy,
received four Grammy nominations for their traditional music
DON ROY TRIO and FLORENCE
May 18, 2004 at noon
Don Roy is one of the finest Franco-American fiddlers
in the Northeast. Roy learned to play the fiddle from his uncle,
a master of the French Canadian style. He organized and played
with the Maine French Fiddlers for eleven years, during which
he played at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wolf Trap, and on
Home Companion. In 1990 he won the Maine State Fiddle Championship.
Also in the group are Don’s wife, Cindy, a pianist and step
dancer, and bassist Jay Young. Florence Martin, from Lewiston,
Maine, is an accomplished singer of Acadian songs which she learned
when growing up in the Saint John’s Valley on the Maine-New
The Army Blues Jazz Ensemble of the US Army Band (Pershing’s Own)
Friday, June 4, 2004 at
Formed in 1972, The Army Blues carries on a tradition begun by
the Army Dance Band which entertained soldiers and civilians in
the battle zone during World War II. As the premier jazz ensemble
of the U.S. Army, and one of the few remaining professional groups
of its kind, the Blues' present-day mission is to promote America's
art form: jazz. The Blues pay tribute to the big bands of yesterday
by performing music by such greats as Ellington, Basie, Miller
and Herman. The Army Blues perform their own versions of the latest
and most innovative sounds of contemporary composers, as well.
Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon
Songs of the Freedom Singers and the music of
the civil rights movement will highlight this stirring concert.
Free--no tickets required.
American gospel quartet from Virginia
Tuesday, June 15, 2004 at noon
The Paschall Brothers stand firmly in the great
tradition of unaccompanied religious singing in Tidewater Virginia.
black gospel quartet
tradition can be traced back to plantation life in the South.
The style blossomed in the region and by the 1920s found a
following with groups such as the Heavenly Gospel Singers and,
notably, the Golden Gate Quartet of Norfolk. Formed in 1981 by
the late Rev. Frank Paschall , Sr., the Paschall Brothers carry
on this remarkable tradition and bring new life and energy to
this venerable style.
OINKARI BASQUE DANCERS from IDAHO
Wednesday, July 14, 2004 at noon
The Oinkari Basque Dancers, from Boise, Idaho, perform the
traditional dances brought from the Basque region of the Pyrenees
of France and Spain to the West by immigrants in the late nineteenth
and early twentieth centuries. In 1960 a group of young Basque
Americans traveled to the town of Donosti in Basque country and
became inspired to form a group that preserved these dances.
Now after forty years, the sons and daughters of the founding
carry on the tradition. The name "Oinkari" means "fast
feet," an apt description of the acrobatic dance style.
PHONG NGUYEN ENSEMBLE
Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at noon
Phong Nguyen is one of the world’s foremost performers
and scholars of Vietnamese music, and has received a National
Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts for
his efforts to preserve and present this music in the United
Raised in the Mekong Delta region, he comes from a family of
prominent musicians, and was traditionally trained to play numerous
in various regional styles. He left his native land in 1974,
received a doctorate in ethnomusicology from the Sorbonne in
came to United States shortly thereafter.
NEA NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOW
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 at
Anjani Ambegaokar - 2004 National Endowment for the Arts National
Heritage Fellowship awardee, North Indian Kathak dance.
Arabic music from Michigan
Wednesday, October 20, 2004 at noon
Nadim Dlaikan, maker and virtuoso player of the nay, a single-reed
wind instrument, is a highly respected member of the dynamic
music community of Arab Detroit, the largest Arab American community
in the United States. Nadim was born in the village of Alai in
Lebanon and began to play the nay at an early age. He went on
study under master musicians at the Lebanese Conservatory and
moved to Beirut, where he became a member of Lebanon’s
best-known folk troupe, traveling throughout the Middle East.
He moved to
the Detroit area in 1970 and became a leader in the Arabic musical
community, playing with musicians from throughout the Middle
East. His four-piece ensemble will be playing with him in Washington.
In 2002 Nadim Dlaikan received a National Heritage Fellowship
from the National Endowment for the Arts.
AMERICAN INDIAN MUSIC and DANCE TROUPE
Wednesday, November 17, 2004 at noon
The American Indian Music and Dance Troupe is directed by Tom
Mauchahty - Ware, a Kiowa whose family has presented the traditions
Plains peoples since the 1930s. Tom’s great uncle, noted
artist Stephen Mopope, appeared at the Second National Folk Festival
in 1935, his father performed at festivals during the 1940s,
and Tom began performing at National Festivals in the 1960s.
a noted flute player, brings a troupe from the Kiowa and Comanche
nations, who will be performing the Eagle, Hoop, Fancy, and Grass
dances, among others. This program is cosponsored by the National
Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution.
JERRY GRCEVICH with
Tambura music from Pennsylvania
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 at Noon
Jerry Grcevich is a master player, composer, and arranger of
tambura music, the intricate and virtuosic string-ensemble
music of Eastern
Europe, notably Croatia and Serbia. For over thirty years he
has been a mainstay of tamburitza music in the United States,
all of the string instruments, and recording over twenty records,
tapes, and CDs. He frequently travels to Croatia to play and
gather new material. Grcevich, like his father, from whom he
has been elected to the Tamburitza Hall of Fame.
The American Folklife Center and the Public Service Collections
Directorate of the Library of Congress will continue to present
noontime concerts highlighting outstanding Washington area traditional
artists through the fall months. DC is home to many talented folk
musicians, and this series celebrates our nation's "Capital
Presented by the American
Folklife Center in cooperation with the Folklore Society of
Greater Washington, the Kennedy
Center Millennium Stage, and the Music Division of the Library