Thursday, December 30, 2010
Karan Casey isn't touring much now that she's a busy mom. Here's an excerpt from a June performance on Folk Alley.
New York City was host to an unusual musical/multimedia performance by sufi Muslims from northwest India.
Here's an interview with Tim O'Brien about Hot Rize from a performance on Mountain Stage earlier this month.
Off across the sea with this review of Africa:50 Years of Music, an 18 CD set that spans that continent as well as five decades.
This fall, Austin City Limits featured Trombone Shorty and Alejandro Escovedo. See some behind-the-scenes footage, then watch the full performance.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
"Traditions touch every one of us, reminding us of who we are and where we came from,” says Julie Henahan, Executive Director of the OAC. “By supporting the folk and traditional arts through initiatives like the Ohio Traditions website, the Ohio Arts Council is able to fulfill its goal of building cultural vitality in every corner of the state.”
Our goal is to update the Ohio Traditions website continuously. In the coming year, the OAC plans to add information from a fieldwork project documenting African immigrant groups in Ohio. The OAC also hopes to post interviews and photographs of recipients of Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants and the new Ohio Heritage Fellowship winner, Rick Good.
"Cityfolk is pleased to share in the development of this clearinghouse for information about the traditional arts," adds Kathleen Alter, Cityfolk Executive Director. The partnership between Cityfolk and the Ohio Arts Council has been in place over ten years and also includes the sponsorship of the Ohio Heritage Showcase at the Ohio State Fair.
The deadline for Ohio Heritage Fellowship nominations--a program which acknowledges dedicated individuals working in the folk and traditional arts who are recognized within their communities as exemplary practitioners of an art form and who produce work of the highest quality and authenticity--is January 15, 2011. Learn more about it on the OAC website.
We welcome suggestions for master artists and community groups who could be profiled on the site. Contact us with your comments and suggestions.
Information taken from a OAC press release.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Not into world music? They also have lists of favorites for jazz, americana, bluegrass and oh so much more.
Cityfolk is not affliated with PopMatters.com in any way. Just searching out interesting web content you may have missed.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Unfortunately, on my second day at B-Girl Be, I sustained a severe knee injury. In November I had surgery, and am now beginning a painful and frustrating 10-month rehab process. However, rather than brood as 2010 comes to a close, I’m choosing to stay positive. This year was filled with amazing dance experiences. Even after my injury, the underground street dance community has continued to be my source for inspiration, strength, celebration and laughter. In 2010 alone, I gigged (performed, taught, judged, battled, and ciphered) at more than 15 street dance events in 7 different states with a cadre of extraordinary dancers who I consider my family. Here are some of the highlights of my adventures through the underground street dance scene in 2010.
Please note: Though it exists “underground” to most people, the world you are about to enter is global, populated by hundreds of thousands, and likely the most pluralistic culture known to mankind. Its members are talented, passionate, tight knit, and quite possibly...out of their minds! Many of the clips below were taken by spectators and posted on YouTube; please excuse the quality.
March: Bashville Stampede 6 - Nashville, TN
I judged the All-Styles battle with fellow crew member, Pringlz and Stringz/S-Uno (HardCore Detroit). This clip is from the semi-finals between Pandora (Venus Fly Trap) and Chibi (Remote Kontrol):
Dayton’s own, Tyquan (Mighty Zulu Kingz) won the All-Styles battle! Clip of his final battle against Chibi (RK):
Cipher’s emerge organically, and they are always different; you never know what to expect. Here’s an interesting cipher that emerged when X-Centric (U1R) and I were feelin’ the music (dance: styles house, vogue and waack):
June: City Vs City 6 –
Popping trailer by Konee Rok:
After WOD, we all went to a house music party. Here are some amazing shots from the ciphers we held down all night: (photos courtesy of Jesus Sereno)
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I have worked with music during a large part of my career so I am aware of how diverse music can be and how it can affect you. I had never heard any of these performers before and it reminded that whatever knowledge you think you have on a subject, there is always plenty more to learn. I can’t wait to hear the rest of our season (especially Huun Huur Tu, pictured here), and further expand my knowledge of music, as well as explore all the possibilities for future concerts.
I invite all of you to make a resolution for 2011 that, despite your very busy schedules of making work deadlines, getting your kids to soccer practice and music lessons, and all the duties necessary to keep a household going, that you will make an effort to explore a new genre of music (or tap into an old one you haven’t listened to for a while). There is nothing that will keep your mind fresh like learning new things. Music is therapeutic; it can calm you down, rev you up and inspire you in new ways. Music is one of man’s great gifts and I can’t imagine life without it.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Then, John says, "my 'aha' moment came when I came across Ted Harlan, a Louisville craftsman who teaches furniture building and - yes - guitar making. And what makes Ted's classes different is that, rather than a concentrated series of classes over a few weeks, they take place over the course of a year or more. It was perfect. An excellent teacher with a proven system; a reasonable time commitment; and it was affordable."
That was September. Since then, John has landed a job as Executive Director of the Clifton Center. And even though he doesn't have nearly as much time on his hands any more, he's still working on that guitar. Better yet, he started a blog about it at Johnny's Guitar. It gives some insight to the joys and frustrations of building an instrument from scratch. (And by the way, the oldest posts are at the bottom, so you'll want to scroll down and start there). From what I've seen there so far, the finished piece will be beautiful!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Back in the early '80s, I was part of a team of 5 Five Oaks residents who wanted to create cultural events that would bring people of the neighborhood together, events that were culturally diverse and that reflected traditional arts we personally valued and enjoyed. Cityfolk grew from these humble roots.
The very first Cityfolk events were part of a year-long series that took place in 1980, mostly in the Five Oaks neighborhood. It was called the “City Folk – Folk Art Series.” The last event of that series, “A Holiday Traditions Festival,” happened in December of 1980. It was held in the church hall of Hale United Church of Christ on the corner of Delaware and Grafton Streets. A lot of the activities in that first year were held there.
The “Holiday Traditions Festival” drew folks of all ages; I remember lots of children with their parents. It was a joyful mixture of an open house and participatory party, with a little bit of education thrown in for good measure. The festivities included food traditions, games, ornament making, singing, and informal talks about well known as well as forgotten holiday traditions.
We had small groups in the kitchen learning to make gingerbread and other cookies. The lovely scent of fresh baked sweets certainly helped create the festive and homey atmosphere. We made Swedish glogg (can’t remember if it contained alcohol or not) and there was hot chocolate for the kids. People were invited to try their hand as making different kinds of homemade ornaments. My Mom, Florentine Brzozowski, led us in making Polish multi-pointed, paper stars out of tissue paper with the help of a pencil point and a little glue.
A friend from the Montgomery Historical Society gave a talk on the origins of the Christmas tree tradition and the winter solstice yule log. We had an explanation of Hanukkah traditions, lighting the menorah, sampling latkes and trying our hand at spinning the dreidel. We had a Mexican piñata that I remember refused to bust open even after the most fiercest of blows.
And, as the activities were winding down, someone played the piano and we sang carols of all sorts. I still have a couple of CDs of carols played on the hammered dulcimer that we bought to play as background music when the party was just getting started.
Overall, I remember it being a very satisfying event – fun, easy going, connecting, interesting, engaging – with not the slightest hint of giving gifts other than the gifts of having and celebrating community, creativity and cultural traditions.
Were you there? What do you remember about this early Cityfolk event?
Monday, December 6, 2010
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Dailey & Vincent
Track from: Dailey & Vincent Sing The Statler Brothers
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury & The Punch Brothers
Track from: Up On The Ridge
I Run To You
Marty Stuart & Connie Smith
Track from: Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions
Best Country Instrumental Performance
Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Wynton Marsalis, soloist
Track from: Portrait In Seven Shades (Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra)
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
Best Latin Jazz Album
Best Gospel Song
Return To Sender
Gordon Kennedy, songwriter (Ricky Skaggs)
Track from: Mosaic
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
Best Latin Rock, Alternative Or Urban Album
Best Americana Album
Tin Can Trust
You Are Not Alone
Best Bluegrass Album
The Del McCoury Band
Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
Best Contemporary Blues Album
Best Traditional Folk Album
Ricky Skaggs Solo: Songs My Dad Loved
Best Hawaiian Music Album
Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album
Best Traditional World Music Album
Soweto Gospel Choir
Best Contemporary World Music Album
Throw Down Your Heart, Africa Sessions Part 2: Unreleased Tracks
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
Christopher Tin, arranger (Christopher Tin, Soweto Gospel Choir & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Track from: Calling All Dawns
Best Classical Crossover Album
Tin, Christopher: Calling All Dawns
Lucas Richman, conductor (Sussan Deyhim, Lia, Kaori Omura, Dulce Pontes, Jia Ruhan, Aoi Tada & Frederica von Stade; Anonymous 4 & Soweto Gospel Choir; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Thursday, December 2, 2010
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