Event Videos

  • Film, Video
    Family Sing-Along with Natalie Merchant Natalie Merchant performed a special concert as part of the David M. Rubenstein Treasures Gallery Opening Week festivities, specifically designed for families. The concert included music, items from the Library's collections and sing-alongs.
    • Contributor: Merchant, Natalie
    • Date: 2024-06-15
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    Natalie Merchant Celebrates the Treasures of a Nation This celebratory concert featuring Natalie Merchant marks the opening of the David M. Rubenstein Treasures Gallery at the Library of Congress. Enjoy a selection of the artist's favorite works as well as a snapshot of some of the Library's greatest treasures.
    • Contributor: Merchant, Natalie
    • Date: 2024-06-13
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    We Are the Archive: Go-Go, Art and Respect Washington, D.C.-based writer, curator and activist Natalie Hopkinson discusses her work amplifying the voices of Black and Indigenous cultures that face erasure throughout the world. Drawing on her oral history and archival projects that span Washington's go-go music, Guyanese painting and poetry, and African photography, she describes how teams of artists, schools, libraries, civil society organizations, governments and museums are building a world where...
    • Contributor: Hopkinson, Natalie
    • Date: 2024-06-12
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    Conversation with Istiwanāt Live Arabic Music Ensemble John Fenn sits down with Anne K. Rasmussen, Jared Holton, Albert Agha and Anne Elise Thomas of Istiwanāt Live! Arabic Music Ensemble. The group reinterprets music that was originally performed 100 years ago for a transnational industry of Arab, Arab American and international record labels, and which has recently been released into the public domain. The concert is inspired by the "Archive Challenge," an...
    • Contributor: Thomas, Anne Elise - Istiwanāt Live - Agha, Albert - Rasmussen, Anne K. - Holton, Jared - Fenn, John
    • Date: 2024-06-05
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    Somapa Thai Dance Company The Somapa Thai Dance Company will present traditional Thai music and selected Thai dance numbers. The group will showcase newly and innovatively arranged music numbers that are performed on different occasions and for functions in Thai society, including ceremonial music at Buddhist temples, music originating in the old Siamese royal court, and traditional music derived from regional folk tunes and other cultures in the...
    • Contributor: Somapa Thai Dance Company
    • Date: 2024-05-23
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    Conversation with Somapa Thai Dance Company Douglas Peach sits down with Suteera Nagavajara, Vorayot Suksaichon and Anant Narkkong to discuss Somapa Thai Dance Company's musical origins. The group is a distinguished Thai dance and music company based in the Washington DC area, featuring an accomplished Thai orchestra. Many of its artists have been trained with highly recognized dance and music masters, including National Artists and others from Chulalongkorn University and...
    • Contributor: Peach, Douglas - Somapa Thai Dance Company - Nagavajara, Suteera - Suksaichon, Vorayot - Narkkong, Anant
    • Date: 2024-05-23
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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 - Hearn, Conor - Rakish
    • 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 - Scanlin, Maura Shawn - Hearn, Conor - Rakish
    • 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: Hans-Ers, Jerker - Hans-Ers, Anna Ekborg - Northern Resonance - Dillner, Petrus
    • 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: Hans-Ers, Jerker - Hans-Ers, Anna Ekborg - Northern Resonance - Dillner, Petrus
    • 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: Jones Sr., Rev. Robert B. - Winick, Stephen
    • 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: O'Brien, Kelly - Ireland, Lisa - Magsamen, Susan - Kay, Jon - Fenn, John
    • 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: Lowry, Charly - Nicholas, Megan - Winick, Stephen
    • 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: Shankar, Guha - Soctomah, Donald - Glassman, Gary - Golding, Daniel - 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: Lowry, Charly - Mackay, Andrew Ferrier - Rugala, Gary - Miller, Derek
    • 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: Cortez, Ivan Castillo - Gissela Maldonado, Saira - Flores, Gilberto - Donnelly, Briyith
    • 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