Event Videos

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  • Film, Video

    Conversation with Charly Lowry

    Singer-songwriter Charly Lowry speaks with Stephen Winick and Megan Nicholas from the American Folklife Center. An Indigenous woman from Pembroke, North Carolina belonging to the Lumbee and Tuscarora Tribes, Lowry considers her work a platform for raising awareness around issues that plague underdeveloped and underserved Native communities. Lowry is a songwriter who accompanies herself on acoustic and electric guitars and Native American hand drum....
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    Charly Lowry: Lumbee-Tuscarora Singer and Songwriter

    Charly Lowry is a dynamic singer-songwriter from Pembroke, North Carolina. An Indigenous woman belonging to the Lumbee and Tuscarora Tribes, sheconsiders her work a platform for raising awareness around issues that plague underdeveloped and underserved Native communities. Lowry is a songwriter who accompanies herself on acoustic and electric guitars and Native American hand drum. She earned a semi-finalist spot on season 3 of American...
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    Alejandro Brittes Quartet: Masters of Chamamé

    The Alejandro Brittes Quartet uses innovation to explores the traditional, cross-border chamamé musical genre, a confluence of indigenous Guaraní and Iberian Baroque influences, slow-cooked over centuries. The unique ensemble, based in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil, is composed of Alejandro Brittes (accordion) from Argentina, as well as Charlise Bandeira (flute), André Ely (seven-stringed guitar), and Carlos de Césaro (contrabass), all...
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    Conversation with Alejandro Brittes

    Alejandro Brittes' musical career spans over 30 years. He has published 100 original compositions and nine albums, and has performed in ten nations in the Americas and Europe, collaborating with chamamé legends such as Raúl Barboza and Chango Spasiuk. For 2023 U.S. touring, Alejandro Brittes Quartet is supported by Ibermúsicas/Mid Atlantic Arts' Iber Exchange program, and the Lei de Incentivo a Cultura -- Rouanet...
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    Nani Noam Vazana: Ladino Singer, Musician, Composer

    Noam "Nani" Vazana is one of the only artists in the world who writes and composes new songs in the endangered Ladino (or Judeo-Spanish) language, a very archaic form of Castilian Spanish spoken by Sephardic Jews living mostly in Israel, the Balkans, North Africa, Greece, and Turkey. Ladino, which traveled to these areas with Jewish communities expelled from Spain in 1492, is very nearly...
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    Deitsch: Traditional Folk Music, Made in Germany

    Deitsch plays traditional songs and dance tunes from Germany, some of them 250 years old. For years, German folk music was neglected and nearly forgotten, or derided as old-fashioned and conservative. But now, arranged and interpreted in the style of modern folk music from Germany's European neighbors, it emerges timeless and contemporary at the same time.
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    Conversation with Gundrun Walther and Jürgen Treyz of Deitsch

    Gudrun Walther (voice, violin, viola, diatonic accordion) and Jürgen Treyz (guitar, mandolin, mandola, voice) had built up years of experience with award-winning bands and projects before founding Deitsch as a duo in the mid 2000s. Their duo recordings won many awards, including the German Record Critics' Quarterly Prize in 2009. They have since added Barbara Hintermeier (violin, viola, voice) and Steffen Gabriel (flute, bagpipes,...
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    Folklore Today/Folklore Tomorrow: Expanding the Conversation with Marilyn White

    Folklorist Marilyn White, current President of the American Folklore Society, retired Professor at Kean University, and a pivotal member of such influential groups as the Association of African and African American Folklorists, City Lore (NYC), and the New Jersey Folklore Society, reflects on her career and the challenges that must be met for the field to become more inclusive and reflective of 21st century...
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    Conversation with Yuri Bukovynets of Hudaki Village Band

    Watch a conversation with The Hudaki Village Band, who is made up of nine master musicians from the Ukrainian Carpathians. In the Maramures region, a mountainous area of Southwest Ukraine on the border with Romania and Hungary, village musicians are called hudaki. Various ethnic musical influences make the traditional music multifaceted and unique. Archaic Slavic vocal traditions, Romanian melodies, Jewish rhythms and Romany temperament...
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    Hudaki Village Band, Music from the Heart of Ukraine

    The Hudaki Village Band is made up of nine master musicians from the Ukrainian Carpathians. In the Maramures region, a mountainous area of Southwest Ukraine on the border with Romania and Hungary, village musicians are called hudaki. Various ethnic musical influences make the traditional music multifaceted and unique.Archaic Slavic vocal traditions, Romanian melodies, Jewish rhythms and Romany temperament blend together in a local cross...
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    Ali Doğan Gönültaş Quartet

    Ali Doğan Gönültaş is a Kurdish musician born in Turkey. A graduate of Kocaeli University in both archaeology and communications, he started his professional music career by founding the band Ze Tijê; the group has since released two albums and has performed hundreds of concerts in Turkey. Ali's oral history and field research, which he began in 2007, has led to the 2022 album...
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    A Conversation with Ali Doğan Gönültaş Quartet

    Watch a conversation with the musicians of Ali Doğan Gönültaş Quartet.
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    Conversation with Christylez Bacon

    Hip-Hop artist Christylez Bacon speaks to Stephen Winick of the American Folklife Center.
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    Christylez Bacon: African American Roots and Hip-Hop

    Watch a special performance by Christylez Bacon, a Grammy Nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist and multi-instrumentalist from Southeast, Washington, D.C.
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    From China To Appalachia: Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer with Chao Tian

    Grammy Award winning American Roots artists Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer join with Chinese classical hammered dulcimer player Chao Tian in a show that combines music from China to Appalachia and beyond. Instrumentation includes yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer), gourd banjo, five-string banjo, ukulele, guitars, dumbek, cello-banjo and mandolin. The group's repertoire includes traditional Chinese and Appalachian music as well as contemporary and traditional music...
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    Conversation with Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and Chao Tian

    Grammy-winning American Roots artists Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer join with Chinese classical hammered dulcimer player Chao Tian discuss their music, which combines music from China to Appalachia and beyond. Instrumentation includes yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer), gourd banjo, five-string banjo, ukulele, guitars, dumbek, cello-banjo and mandolin.
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    Spælimenninir: Folk Music from Scandinavia

    Spælimenninir's music is as familiar as an old time barn dance and as exotic as the landscape of the Faroe Islands, the band's home in the North Atlantic. It's music of the Nordic countries drawing on traditions centuries old and compositions new as today. The current line-up includes one native Faroese, three Danes, and two Americans, who sing and play many instruments, including fiddle,...
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    Conversation with Scandinavian folk band Spælimenninir

    Spælimenninir is a lively group of six musicians that play traditional and contemporary folk music from Scandinavia. The group's home base is the Faroe Islands, but Spælimenninir is not strictly a Faroese band, neither in personnel nor music. Having played together for over 45 years, the current line-up includes one native Faroese, two Americans and three Danes. This international collaboration has resulted in a...
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    Conversation with Jake Blount

    Watch a conversation with Jake Blount, a powerfully gifted musician and a scholar of Black American music, he speaks ardently about the African roots of the banjo and the subtle, yet profound ways African Americans have shaped and defined the categories of roots music and Americana.
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    Jake Blount: African American Folk Music

    A powerfully gifted musician and a scholar of Black American music, Jake Blount speaks ardently about the African roots of the banjo and the subtle, yet profound ways African Americans have shaped and defined the categories of roots music and Americana
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    ALILO: Vocal Ensemble from the Country of Georgia

    ALILO is a six-person professional vocal ensemble from the country of Georgia, founded in 2000. The group's repertoire includes sacred and folk music dating from Georgia's ancient past reflecting the diverse musical regions within the country, as well as more modern "old town songs" from the early 20th century. The group has traveled widely within Georgia and internationally. The group's name derives from special...
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    Conversation with 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...