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  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Tlacuatzin Son Huasteco Huapango Music from Mexico Tlacuatzin Son Huasteco is a trio playing the traditional music of Northeastern Mexico, known as Son Huasteco or Huapango music. Son Huasteco music is built around two small guitars, the jarana and the quinta, as well as the violin and the voice. Son Huasteco singing employs a distinctive falsetto style. Improvisation plays a strong role in this music, with each group adding their own...
    • Contributor: Herbertz, Armando - Zúñiga, Eloy - Winick, Stephen
    • Date: 2022-09-28
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    Tlacuatzin Son Huasteco Tlacuatzin Son Huasteco is a trio playing the traditional music of Northeastern Mexico, known as Son Huasteco or Huapango music. Son Huasteco music is built around two small guitars, the jarana and the quinta, as well as the violin and the voice. Son Huasteco singing employs a distinctive falsetto style. Improvisation plays a strong role in this music, with each group adding their own...
    • Contributor: Züniga, Eloy - Pérez, Yuyutlztin - Zavala, Manolo
    • Date: 2022-09-28
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    Armagh Rhymers: Music and Rhyme from Ireland The Armagh Rhymers are one of the most celebrated traditional music and theatre ensembles on the island of Ireland. Since a group of talented actors and musicians founded the Rhymers in the 1970s, they have delighted audiences at festivals, arts centers, theatres, and schools, throughout Ireland and around the world. Through music, storytelling and drama, they provide an experience that is entertaining, educational and...
    • Contributor: Armagh Rhymers
    • Date: 2022-09-21
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    Conversation with Dara Vallely & Anne Hart of Armagh Rhymers The Armagh Rhymers are one of the most celebrated traditional music and theatre ensembles on the island of Ireland. Since a group of talented actors and musicians founded the Rhymers in the 1970s, they have delighted audiences at festivals, arts centers, theatres, and schools, throughout Ireland and around the world. Through music, storytelling and drama, they provide an experience that is entertaining, educational and...
    • Contributor: Vallely, Dara - Hart, Anne
    • Date: 2022-09-21
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    Conversation with Juan Antonio Torres and Araceli Tzigane Sánchez of Vigüela Vigüela is a traditional folk quintet with a commitment to the rural musical traditions of central Spain. The band was established in the mid-1980s, after the Franco regime, by young people who looked to folk culture for a way to channel their creative desires while staying rooted in their local communities. Grounded in this history, the band members value their tradition and perform it...
    • Contributor: Torres, Juan Antonio - Sánchez, Araceli Tzigane - Winick, Stephen
    • Date: 2022-09-14
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    Conversation with WÖR Folk and Early Music from Belgium Watch a conversation with WÖR, who discuss folk and early music from Belgium.
    • Contributor: Wör
    • Date: 2022-08-17
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    WÖR WÖR injects new energy into 18th-century melodies from the Flanders region of Belgium. Their sound has elements of folk, early music, and jazz, and shines an inventive spotlight on the tunes preserved in old Flemish manuscripts.
    • Contributor: Wör
    • Date: 2022-08-17
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    Botkin Lecture: Songs and Tunes from the French Creole Corridor French cultural historian Camille Moreddu presents an overview of the American Folklife Center's collections of songs and music recorded in various Midwestern French-American communities during the first half of the 20th century. She reviews the repertoire found in these and related collections--from Great Lakes voyageurs' songs and French-Canadian fiddle tunes to the ballads, winter ritual songs, and local songs of the Creole settlements of...
    • Contributor: Winick, Stephen - Moreddu, Camille
    • Date: 2022-08-10
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    Botkin Lecture: Musiques du corridor franco-créole French cultural historian Camille Moreddu presents an overview of the American Folklife Center's collections of songs and music recorded in various Midwestern French-American communities during the first half of the 20th century. She reviews the repertoire found in these and related collections - from Great Lakes voyageurs' songs and French-Canadian fiddle tunes to the ballads, winter ritual songs, and local songs of the Creole...
    • Contributor: Moreddu, Camille - Winick, Stephen
    • Date: 2022-08-10
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    Conversation with Janusz Prusinowski Watch a conversation with Janusz Prusinowski who discusses progressive village music from Poland.
    • Contributor: Prusinowski, Janusz
    • Date: 2022-08-03
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    Janusz Prusinowski Kompania Janusz Prusinowski Kompania play rural music of Polish villages on fiddles, flutes, accordions, and other traditional instruments. They ground their music in dance rhythms, adding a modern improvisational flair to old melodies. They follow in traditions of village masters they have learned from, including Jan Lewandowski, Kazimierz Meto, Józef Zaraś, Piotr and Jan Gaca, Tadeusz Kubiak and many others. But they are also a...
    • Contributor: Prusinowski Kompania, Janusz
    • Date: 2022-08-03
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    Conversation with Ranky Tanky John Fenn of the American Folklife Center speaks with Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton, Quiana Parler, Clay Ross, and Charlton Singleton, of the band Ranky Tanky. The conversation covers the musical backgrounds of each member, the emergence of Ranky Tanky as a band, and the ways in which their music engages with tradition and community.
    • Contributor: Ross, Clay - Singleton, Charlton - Fenn, John - Hamilton, Kevin - Parler, Quiana - Baxter, Quentin
    • Date: 2022-07-28
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    The Chosen Few: A Cappella Gospel from Virginia The Chosen Few stands firmly in the great tradition of unaccompanied religious singing in the Tidewater region of Virginia. Although only a handful of African American a cappella quartets sing in Virginia today, Black four-part harmony groups were singing in Virginia at least as early as the mid-1800s, and the Tidewater region alone produced more than two hundred such groups in the century following...
    • Contributor: E. Carter Jr., James - "Eyeball" Ellison III, Isaac - Paschall Sr., Tarrence - Watts, Kenny - Smith, Cornelius
    • Date: 2022-07-20
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    Conversation with Reverend Tarrence Paschall of The Chosen Few, A Cappella Gospel from Virginia The Chosen Few stands firmly in the great tradition of unaccompanied religious singing in the Tidewater region of Virginia. Although only a handful of African American a cappella quartets sing in Virginia today, Black four-part harmony groups were singing in Virginia at least as early as the mid-1800s, and the Tidewater region alone produced more than two hundred such groups in the century following...
    • Contributor: K. Paschall Sr., Tarrence - Jarrett, Pat
    • Date: 2022-07-20
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    Rodopi Ensemble: Traditional Music of Thrace Rodopi Ensemble has been presenting the sounds, rhythms and melodies of Thrace for almost three decades. The group started its musical journey in the 1990s, and took the name Rodopi Ensemble to indicate its border-crossing musical style. The mountains of Rodopi, the largest mountains in Thrace, act as a musical unifying link that connects people living in the three countries crossed by the mountains:...
    • Contributor: Zopoglou, Alkis - Pagozidis, Yorgos - Koutsokostas, Drosos - Petras, Kyriakos - Angousis, Nikos
    • Date: 2022-07-06
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    Conversation with Chao Tian, Chinese Dulcimer Master Chao Tian is a master of the Chinese hammered dulcimer, as well as a sound designer and visual artist. Her creative interests include synesthesia in cross-disciplinary collaboration; interplay between visual art and music; applying Chinese musical vocabulary and philosophy to improvisation; and the use of music in conflict resolution and healing. She enjoys working across creative genres and creating multidimensional experiences for audiences. Chao...
    • Contributor: Winick, Steven - Tian, Chao
    • Date: 2022-06-22
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    Chao Tian & Tom Teasley Chao Tian is a master of the Chinese hammered dulcimer, as well as a sound designer and visual artist. Her creative interests include synesthesia in cross-disciplinary collaboration; interplay between visual art and music; applying Chinese musical vocabulary and philosophy to improvisation; and the use of music in conflict resolution and healing. She enjoys working across creative genres and creating multidimensional experiences for audiences. Chao...
    • Contributor: Tian, Chao - Teasly, Tom
    • Date: 2022-06-22
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    Pamyua The American Folklife Center presents the ensemble Pamyua, who performs traditional Inuit (Yup'ik) drum-songs from Alaska with a distinct and unique American sound.
    • Contributor: Pamyua
    • Date: 2022-06-01
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    Conversation with Pamyua The American Folklife Center presents a conversation with Pamyua's founding members, Phillip Blanchett and Stephen Blanchett
    • Contributor: Blanchett, Stephen - Blanchett, Phillip - Winick, Stephen
    • Date: 2022-06-01
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    Homegrown: Herb Ohta, Jr., Hawaiian Ukulele Master International recording artist Herb Ohta, Jr., is one of today's most prolific ukulele masters. Influenced by Jazz, R&B, Latin and Brazilian music, as well as traditional Hawaiian sounds, he puts his stamp on Hawaiian music by pushing the limits of tone and technique on this beautiful instrument. The son of ukulele legend "Ohta-san," he started playing at the age of three, and began teaching...
    • Contributor: Shimabukuro, Jake - Ohta Jr., Herb
    • Date: 2022-05-04
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    Conversation with Herb Ohta Jr.: 'Ukulele Virtuoso from Hawai'i International recording artist Herb Ohta, Jr., is one of today's most prolific 'ukulele masters. Influenced by Jazz, R&B, Latin and Brazilian music, as well as traditional Hawaiian sounds, he puts his stamp on Hawaiian music by pushing the limits of tone and technique on this beautiful instrument. The son of 'ukulele legend "Ohta-san," he started playing at the age of three, and began teaching...
    • Contributor: Ohta Jr., Herb - Winick, Stephen
    • Date: 2022-05-04
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    U.S. Poet Laureate Closing Event: Joy Harjo To celebrate the conclusion of her laureateship, U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo (an enrolled member of the Mvskoke Nation) reads and discusses her favorite "ancestor poems." The evening features a performance by singer-songwriter Jennifer Kreisberg (Tuscarora, North Carolina) and a reading by poet Portlyn Houghton-Harjo (Mvskoke, Seminole), concluding with Harjo's performance of her poem "Remember."
    • Contributor: Houghton-Harjo, Portlyn - Casper, Rob - Harjo, Joy - Hill, David - Hayden, Carla - Kreisberg, Jennifer
    • Date: 2022-04-28
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    Conversation with Julian Kytasty: Ukrainian American Bandura Master from New York Join us for a conversation with Julian Kytasty, a third generation player of the bandura, a Ukrainian stringed instrument with similarities to the lute and the zither.
    • Contributor: Kytasty, Julian - Winick, Stephen
    • Date: 2022-04-26
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    Homegrown: Kongero, Swedish Folk'appella Kongero is a Swedish vocal group, consisting of four women who sing folksongs: Lotta Andersson, Emma Björling, Sofia Hultqvist Kott, and Anna Wikénius. Kongero was formed in 2005 when the original members met at a Nordic folk music conference. There they started singing together and found that their voices and harmonies blended, complementing each other perfectly. Since 2005, they have performed their polyphonic a...
    • Contributor: Björling, Emma - Andersson, Lotta - Hultqvist Kott, Sofia - Wikénius, Anna
    • Date: 2022-04-20
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    Conversation with Kongero: Swedish Folk'appella Join us for a conversation with Kongero, a Swedish vocal group consisting of four women who sing folksongs: Lotta Andersson, Emma Björling, Sofia Hultqvist Kott, and Anna Wikénius. Kongero was formed in 2005 when the original members met at a Nordic folk music conference. There they started singing together and found that their voices and harmonies blended, complementing each other perfectly. Since 2005, they...
    • Contributor: Björling, Emma - Hultqvist Kott, Sofia - Winick, Stephen
    • Date: 2022-04-05