Events at the Library of Congress

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    Live! At the Library: African American Folk Music with Jake Blount

    Thursday
    February 23, 2023
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
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    Members Room (LJ-162)
    A gifted musician and scholar of Black American music, Jake Blount performs on voice, banjo, and fiddle. Drawing repertoire from the collections of the Library’s American Folklife Center (AFC), he highlights Black and Indigenous histories of American folk tunes. AFC worked with other Library programs, and with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, to schedule this concert for African American History Month.
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    Homegrown: Vigüela

    Wednesday
    September 14, 2022
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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    Join us for a Homegrown at Home concert featuring Vigüela. Vigüela is a traditional folk quintet with a commitment to the rural musical traditions of central Spain.
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    Homegrown: WÖR

    Wednesday
    August 17, 2022
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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    Join us for the Homegrown at Home concert featuring the band WÖR. With finely textured arrangements, WÖR injects new energy into 18th-century melodies from the Flanders region of Belgium.
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    Homegrown: Janusz Prusinowski Kompania

    Wednesday
    August 3, 2022
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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    Join us for a Homegrown at Home concert featuring Janusz Prusinowski Kompania for progressive village music from Poland. 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.
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    Homegrown: The Chosen Few

    Wednesday
    July 20, 2022
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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    Join us for a Homegrown from Home concert featuring The Chosen Few. The Chosen Few stands firmly in the great tradition of unaccompanied religious singing in the Tidewater region of Virginia.
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    Homegrown: Rodopi Ensemble

    Wednesday
    July 6, 2022
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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    Join us for a Homegrown at Home concert featuring the Rodopi Ensemble. The 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.
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    Homegrown: Chao Tian and Tom Teasley

    Wednesday
    June 22, 2022
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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    Join us for a Homegrown at Home concert featuring Chao Tian and Tom Teasley. Tom and Chao formed the musical duo Dong Xi (“East and West”) in 2018. They use improvisation to create an effective musical dialogue between East and West, and are dedicated to bridging the gap between China and the United States with music.
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    Homegrown: Pamyua

    Wednesday
    June 1, 2022
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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    Join us for a Homegrown at Home concert featuring Pamyua for Yup’ik drumsongs from Alaska. Pamyua’s goal is to represent the enduring heritage of Inuit people. Their performances encourage audiences to appreciate indigenous traditions while relating ancient traditional wisdom to modern culture. Pamyua believes that unity is possible though music and dance, and the members interpret Inuit traditions masterfully with joy and sincerity.
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    Homegrown: Julian Kytasty

    Wednesday
    May 18, 2022
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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    Join us for a Homegrown at Home concert featuring Julian Kytasty. He is a third generation player of the bandura, a Ukrainian stringed instrument with similarities to the lute and the zither. Kytasty first learned the instrument from his father and grandfather, and from his great uncle Hryhory Kytasty, a renowned composer and conductor. In 1980 he moved to New York to be the...
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    Homegrown: Kongero

    Wednesday
    April 20, 2022
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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    Swedish vocal group Kongero sing polyphonic a cappella folk music (which they have dubbed Folk’appella). The four women — Lotta Andersson, Emma Björling, Sofia Hultqvist Kott, and Anna Wikénius — have performed all over Europe, Asia, and the Americas, singing in concerts and leading workshops in traditional Swedish vocal music and vocal harmonies.
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    Homegrown: Mamselle Ruiz

    Wednesday
    September 29, 2021
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm EDT
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    In today's Homegrown concert, Mamselle Ruiz: a Mexican-born singer and guitarist living in French-speaking Montreal, will concentrate on the traditional side of her repertoire, bringing traditional songs and Son Huasteco standards from several regions of Mexico.
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    Homegrown: Cambalache

    Wednesday
    September 29, 2021
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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    The American Folklife Center presents Cambalache, a group that plays and promotes traditional son jarocho through performance, music workshops, and educational demonstrations.
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    Homegrown: Windborne

    Wednesday
    September 8, 2021
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm EDT
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    Windborne is Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon. The four singers grew up immersed in the traditional song and dance communities of New England and discovered a love of world folk music in their teens. All four have traveled extensively in the U.S. and throughout the world with Village Harmony, Northern Harmony and the Renewal Chorus, leading workshops and...
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    Homegrown: Shaker Spirituals in Maine

    Wednesday
    August 25, 2021
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm EDT
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    The American Folklife Center presents Brother Arnold Hadd, Kevin Siegfried, and Radiance. This concert will focus on the transmission, history, and meaning of Shaker songs, and Brother Arnold’s work with American composer Kevin Siegfried.
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    Homegrown: Bennett Konesni

    Wednesday
    August 25, 2021
    12:45 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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    Bennett Konesni is a singer, farmer, musician and administrator, based where he grew up in midcoast Maine. He has been singing work songs since he was a teenager on schooners in Penobscot Bay. His concert will include work songs from Maine, including some from the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center’s Maine collections.
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    Homegrown: Hubby Jenkins

    Wednesday
    August 11, 2021
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm EDT
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    Hubby Jenkins is a multi-instrumentalist who endeavors to share his love and knowledge of old-time American music. His music is influenced by the thread of African American history that wove itself through America's traditional music forms. Jenkins' dynamic solo performances and engaging workshops center around his passion for old-time American music.
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    Homegrown: Neli Andreeva

    Wednesday
    July 14, 2021
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm EDT
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    Join us for a Homegrown Concert presenting master traditional Bulgarian singer Neli Andreeva. She is renowned for her stirring interpretations of her native Rhodope region.
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    Homegrown: Tenzin Choegyal

    Wednesday
    June 30, 2021
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm EDT
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    Tenzin Choegyal is a Tibetan/Australian artist, composer, activist, musical director and cultural ambassador, widely considered one of the world's finest musicians with Tibetan heritage. While proudly continuing the unbroken nomadic lineage central to his music, Tenzin also embraces opportunities to take his music into more contemporary, uncharted territory, both in the studio and on stage.
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    Homegrown: Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin

    Wednesday
    June 16, 2021
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm EDT
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    Kate and Jody have been musical partners for close to 50 years. Their duet vocal sound is at once soaring and soothing. Combining it with their deft playing results in a fully unified sound in which voices and instruments blend into an inseparable and singular musical entity.
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    Homegrown: Spartimu

    Wednesday
    June 2, 2021
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm EDT
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    The Spartimu ensemble is devoted to traditional polyphonic singing as passed on in the oral traditions of Corsica. Their style and repertoire are based on deep research into the practice of the singing tradition known as “cantu in paghjella,” which is recognized by UNESCO as an important and endangered tradition (“intangible cultural heritage in urgent need of safeguarding”).
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    Homegrown: Samite

    Wednesday
    May 19, 2021
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm EDT
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    Samite was born and raised in Uganda, but left as a political refugee in 1982. He spent the following few years in Kenya where he studied African traditional musical instruments and rhythms. He mastered the kalimba (thumb-piano), marimba (wooden xylophone), litungu (seven-stringed Kenyan lyre) and various flutes, both traditional and western, and learned both traditional melodies and original compositions.
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    Homegrown: Samoan Studies Institute Students' Association for Faasamoa

    Wednesday
    May 5, 2021
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm EDT
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    The Samoan Studies Institute at American Samoa Community College formed the Students’ Association for Faasamoa (SAFF) in 2009. It is comprised of students at the college who are interested in learning about Samoan culture. Its purpose is to teach college students the Faasamoa, or the Samoan way, and to preserve its traditions. Since its inception, SAFF has been active in performing the Siva Samoa...
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    Homegrown: Vrï

    Wednesday
    April 21, 2021
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm EDT
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    Vrï is a trio from Wales in the U.K., whose members describe their music as "chamber-folk." Bringing together the experience of Jordan Price Williams (cello, voice) Patrick Rimes (violin, viola, foot percussion, voice) and Aneirin Jones (violin, voice), Vrï plays tunes and songs from the Celtic nations and beyond, attempting to combine the energy of a rowdy pub session with the style and finesse...
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    Homegrown: Kardemimmit

    Wednesday
    April 7, 2021
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm EDT
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    A concert by Kardemimmit, a quartet consisting of Maija Pokela, Jutta Rahmel, Anna Wegelius and Leeni Wegelius, four women who sing and play kantele, a zither or plucked psaltery which is the national instrument of Finland.
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    Homegrown: Ánnámáret

    Wednesday
    April 7, 2021
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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    Ánnámáret is the performing name of Sámi musician Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman. Ánnámáret performs yoik, a distinctive singing and songwriting tradition of the Sámi people, and also plays clarinet.
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