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New Release – Music for Work and Play: Carriacou, Grenada, 1962

In August, 1962, folklorist/ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax and his young daughter, Anna, arrived in Carriacou, a small, outer island of the Eastern Caribbean nation, Grenada. Using state-of-the-art equipment, Lomax spent the next five days recording a wide range of traditional music and song. On three-foot high loudspeakers, Lomax played the music back to those recorded and then conducted both formal and informal interviews about the music and culture—encounters that were also captured on tape and that were as light-hearted as they were informative. Re-mastered from Lomax’s original stereo recordings, Music for Work and Play: Carriacou, Grenada, 1962, which offers a snapshot of Lomax’ warm welcome to Carriacou as well as a portrait of this rich, diverse, and vital musical culture, is now available as a downloadable album.

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Lomax Centennial events at Seedtime On the Cumberland

Starting June 5th and 6th, the Appalshop of Whitesburg, Kentucky, will be conducting a series of public programming and activities across the region that celebrate both the material that Alan Lomax collected and the communities and traditions he documented. These events will include performances of Lomax material by contemporary artists, collecting of stories from descendants and neighbors of people Lomax recorded, and public forums with noted scholars and folklorists.

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Lomax Centennial celebration in Rouen, France

Ten days of concerts, talks, and presentations organized by Le 106 in Rouen, Normandy, in honor of the Lomax Centennial. Among the events are a talk by folklorist, professor, cultural activist, and ACE board member Bill Ferris; a screening of …

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On February 11, at 6 pm, the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU will be holding a free event featuring David Marker, a young Italian-American field recorder, who will present recordings both from Alan Lomax’s 1954 trip to Italy as well as his own contemporary work. Anna Lomax Wood will participate in the discussion. Additionally, Marker and another Italian American musician, Dominic Porco, will perform live music rarely heard in the US.

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