Event Videos

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    From Folk to Baroque: Celtic Music Duo Rakish Rakish is the duo of Violinist Maura Shawn Scanlin and guitarist Conor Hearn. They take their name from the traditional Irish tune Rakish Paddy, an origin that aptly suits the duo and their shared background in traditional Irish and Scottish music. They draw on the music they grew up with and perform it in a way that reflects their shared interest in and love...
    • Contributor: Scanlin, Maura Shawn - Rakish - Hearn, Conor
    • Date: 2024-05-15
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    Conversation with Rakish Violinist Maura Shawn Scanlin and guitarist Conor Hearn of Rakish sit down with Stephen Winick of the American Folklife Center. Rakish takes their name from the traditional Irish tune Rakish Paddy, an origin that aptly suits the duo and their shared background in traditional Irish and Scottish music. They draw on the music they grew up with and perform it in a way that...
    • Contributor: Winick, Stephen - Rakish - Hearn, Conor - Scanlin, Maura Shawn
    • Date: 2024-05-15
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    Instrument of the State: A Century of Music in Louisiana's Angola Prison Benjamin J. Harbert is an ethnomusicologist and author of the book "Instrument of the State: A Century of Music in Louisiana's Angola Prison." The book and his recent documentary on the same topic, "Follow Me Down," were the subjects of his talk. Angola prison is the largest and one of the most notorious prisons in the United States, built into a slave plantation that...
    • Contributor: Harbert, Benjamin J.
    • Date: 2024-04-17
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    Conversation with Benjamin J. Harbert Nancy Groce and Jesse Hawkin of the American Folklife Center sit down with Benjamin J. Harbert, ethnomusicologist and author of the book "Instrument of the State: A Century of Music in Louisiana's Angola Prison." The book and his recent documentary on the same topic, "Follow Me Down," were the subjects of his talk. Angola prison is the largest and one of the most notorious...
    • Contributor: Harbert, Benjamin J.
    • Date: 2024-04-17
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    Conversation with Melissa Cooper Nancy Groce and Douglas Peach of the American Folklife Center sit down with Melissa Cooper, associate professor of history at Rutgers University-Newark, discussing her research on the emergence of "the Gullah" in scholarly and popular works beginning in the 1920s and the 1930s. Using Georgia as a case study, Dr. Cooper explores the forces that initially inspired interest in Black southerners' African heritage and...
    • Contributor: Cooper, Melissa
    • Date: 2024-04-10
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    Collecting Survivals: Sapelo Island Georgia and the Search for Gullah Folk Historian Melissa Cooper, associate professor of history at Rutgers University-Newark, who specializes in the study of African American cultural and intellectual history and the history of the African Diaspora, discusses her research on the emergence of "the Gullah" in scholarly and popular works beginning in the 1920s and the 1930s. Using Georgia as a case study, Cooper explores the forces that initially inspired interest...
    • Contributor: Cooper, Melissa
    • Date: 2024-04-10
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    Múscraí Singing Tradition of County Cork, Ireland Cormac Ó hAodha is the current Lomax Scholar and Lovelace Fellow at the Kluge Center and comes from Cúil Aodha, which is a village in the Múscraí Gaeltacht of County Cork in Ireland. He is conducting extensive research in the Alan Lomax Collection within the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, which includes material Lomax collected some 73 years ago from singers...
    • Contributor: Ó'haodha, Cormac
    • Date: 2024-03-26
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    Conversation with Northern Resonance The three members of Northern Resonance speak with Stephen Winick of the American Folklife Center. The trio performs traditional and newly composed roots music on a previously untested combination of instruments: viola d'amore, hardanger fiddle and nyckelharpa. Northern Resonance combines Scandinavian music with explosive rhythms and grand chamber-like arrangements, taking folk music in a new direction. The members of Northern Resonance are highly skilled...
    • Contributor: Northern Resonance - Dillner, Petrus - Hans-Ers, Jerker - Hans-Ers, Anna Ekborg
    • Date: 2024-03-07
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    Northern Resonance: Scandinavian Roots Music Northern Resonance is a Scandinavian string trio rooted in traditional folk music. The trio performs traditional and newly composed roots music on a previously untested combination of instruments: viola d'amore, hardanger fiddle and nyckelharpa. Northern Resonance combines Scandinavian music with explosive rhythms and grand chamber-like arrangements, taking folk music in a new direction. The members of Northern Resonance are highly skilled and accomplished musicians...
    • Contributor: Northern Resonance - Dillner, Petrus - Hans-Ers, Jerker - Hans-Ers, Anna Ekborg
    • Date: 2024-03-07
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    Rev. Robert B. Jones Sr. Concert Rev. Robert B. Jones Sr. is an inspirational musician and storyteller celebrating the history, humor and power of American roots music. His deep love for traditional African American and American music is shared in live performances that interweave timeless stories with original and traditional songs. For more than 30 years, Jones has entertained and educated audiences of all ages in schools, colleges, libraries, union...
    • Contributor: Jones Sr., Rev. Robert B.
    • Date: 2024-02-15
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    Conversation with Rev. Robert B. Jones Sr. Rev. Robert B. Jones Sr. speaks with Stephen Winick of the American Folklife Center. Jones is an inspirational musician and storyteller celebrating the history, humor and power of American roots music. His deep love for traditional African American and American music is shared in live performances that interweave timeless stories with original and traditional songs. For more than 30 years, Jones has entertained and...
    • Contributor: Winick, Stephen - Jones Sr., Rev. Robert B.
    • Date: 2024-02-15
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    Puzzle Pieces of Longevity Science Longevity has turned into a buzzword of late. There are many very wealthy people who tout their ability to defy age by following rigid health regimes that are out of reach for the average person, but longevity can also be accessible to everyone. The goal of this event is to bring specialists from the fields engaging with longevity science to speak on how cognitive...
    • Contributor: Fenn, John - Ireland, Lisa - Magsamen, Susan - Kay, Jon - O'Brien, Kelly
    • Date: 2024-02-07
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    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....
    • Contributor: Winick, Stephen - Nicholas, Megan - Lowry, Charly
    • Date: 2024-01-18
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    Swahili Resources at Library of Congress This video provides a dynamic overview and orientation to Swahili-language materials found at the Library of Congress, offered in Swahili by reference specialist Melanie Zeck. The video comes out of an ongoing collaboration that Zeck has pursued with CHAUKIDU (Global Association for the Promotion of Swahili) leadership and Swahili language scholars/learners that serves to engage Swahili speakers with the Library's collections and resources.
    • Contributor: Zeck, Melanie
    • Date: 2023-11-29
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    'Native America: Language Is Life' Panel Discussion From Hollywood films on the big screen to sacred writing deep within the Earth, from long-lost voices captured in wax cylinders, Native people are fighting to keep their languages and ways of life alive. Though many of the approximately 170 Native languages spoken across the United States remain at risk today, it is a time of hope. A revolutionary effort to revitalize traditional languages...
    • Contributor: Glassman, Gary - Golding, Daniel - Shankar, Guha - Soctomah, Donald - Himmelreich, Jennifer Johns
    • Date: 2023-11-09
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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...
    • Contributor: Rugala, Gary - Mackay, Andrew Ferrier - Miller, Derek - Lowry, Charly
    • Date: 2023-11-09
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    El Camino del Mole a New Orleans El Camino del Mole a New Orleans chronicles the story of Ivan Castillo, originally from Veracruz, who immigrated to New Orleans after Katrina. He began working in clean up and reconstruction but soon moved to the restaurant industry. He worked in multiple kitchens, then as head cook in a Honduran-owned restaurant. In pursuit of more autonomy, he opened a street food vending business in...
    • Contributor: Flores, Gilberto - Gissela Maldonado, Saira - Donnelly, Briyith - Cortez, Ivan Castillo
    • Date: 2023-11-07
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    El Camino del Pan a Baltimore El Camino del Pan a Baltimore chronicles the life of José Vargas, owner of a bakery and taqueria located in Highlandtown, a neighborhood in East Baltimore. Vargas migrated to Baltimore from Huaquechula, Mexico and decided to build on his family tradition of baking bread. Jos??'s story began in Mexico with his family's bakery, but after arriving in Baltimore he established a business selling Mexican...
    • Contributor: Vargas, José
    • Date: 2023-11-07
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    Listening to Divergent Histories through Canadian Music Canadian ethnomusicologist Beverley Diamond reflects on how her approaches to documenting culture have shifted over 50 years, echoing not only changes in the academic realm but changes in her relations with Indigenous and other culturally diverse communities. She suggests that her approach may align with differences between Canadian and American institutions more generally, given such factors as two official languages and multiple forms of...
    • Contributor: Diamond, Beverley
    • Date: 2023-10-16
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    NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award Public Ceremony The NEA National Heritage Fellowships is the nation's highest honor in folk and traditional arts. Each year since 1982, the program recognizes recipients' artistic excellence, lifetime achievement, and contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage.
    • Date: 2023-09-29
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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...
    • Contributor: Bandeira, Charlise - Ely, André - Brittes, Alejandro - Césaro, Carlos De
    • Date: 2023-09-21
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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...
    • Contributor: Peach, Douglas - Brittes, Alejandro
    • Date: 2023-09-21
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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...
    • Contributor: Vazana, Nani Noam
    • Date: 2023-09-14
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    Singing in Solidarity: Women's Voices Celebrate Labor Day In celebration of Labor Day, the Library's American Folklife Center honors the contributions of women of both the past and present. This compilation of Folklife Homegrown and other concerts includes performances by Thea Hopkins, Ialoni, Martha Gonzales, Rachel Sumner and Traveling Light, Piper Hayes, and the group, Windborne that feature the voices of women.
    • Date: 2023-09-06
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    Conversation with Nani Noam Vazana 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...
    • Contributor: Winick, Stephen - Vazana, Noam "Nani"
    • Date: 2023-09-06