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Postcard from NEA National Heritage Fellows Celebration

September 27, 2011 by Rocco Landesman Here I am with the 2011 NEA Heritage Fellows after the September 21 awards ceremony at the Capitol Visitors Center. (back row, l-r) Me, Yuri Yunakov, Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro, Roy Hirabayashi, Ledward Kaapana, Bo Dollis, Jr. (representing his father Bo Dollis), Jim Griffith, Barry Bergey; (front row, l-r) […]

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Art Works Podcast: Simon Shaheen

September 22, 2011 by Josephine Reed Simon Shaheen. Photo by Tom Pich This week’s podcast, is a conversation with 1994 NEA National Heritage Fellow here for more information about the free concert and the live webcast.

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With a Force of Its Own: On Liturgical Music

September 20, 2011 by Paul Lisicky Paul Lisicky. Photo courtesy of Mr. Lisicky 1. One voice syncs with another voice. Until the singers listen to themselves, they had no idea how much they’d missed making a single sound together. The work of it involves not just their tongues, teeth, lips, jaws, and lungs, but their […]

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Folk Music and Community

September 19, 2011 by Glenn Moomau Glenn Moomau. Photo by Sam Holden When I heard that self-described “guitar man” Warner Williams was to be included in this year’s class of the NEA’s National Heritage Fellows, I called my best friend down in Montgomery County, Maryland, to ask after the now eighty-year-old musician. My buddy reported […]

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Postcard from Alaska, Part Two

September 13, 2011 By Rocco Landesman Rocco caught a fish THIS big at the Silver Salmon Camp. Photo by Sven Haakanson As you read yesterday, my first day in Alaska was truly jam-packed. The pace didn’t let up! On the second day of our trip with the Rasmuson Foundation, we went to Bethel, and a […]

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Remembering 9/11

September 9, 2011 By Rebecca Gross   “John and Joe.” Video courtesy of StoryCorps No one needs to be reminded that this Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of 9/11. As we sift through the innumerable commemorative articles, exhibits, blog posts, and installations, we are shaken into remembering what that day really felt like, what the […]

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Art Works Podcast: Roy and PJ Hirabayashi

August 25, 2011 By Josephine Reed PJ and Roy Hirabayashi in performance. Photo by Higashi Design This week’s podcast introduces us to two of the 2011 National Heritage Fellows: Roy and PJ Hirabayashi, the founders of San Jose Taiko. The couple combines the traditional rhythms of Japanese drumming with musical and cultural influences from around […]

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Art Talk with Gabriel Ayala

July 8, 2011 Washington, DC By Adam Kampe Gabriel Ayala, at work. Photo by Marty Haviik. As noted on his website, “Gabriel Ayala is at the forefront of a new generation of Native Americans making a career performing classical music.” Ayala is deeply passionate about music and, in particular, the classical guitar. He’s invested in […]

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Art Works Podcast: Jim “Texas Shorty” Chancellor

June 23, 2011 Washington, DC By Josephine Reed Jim “Texas Shorty” Chancellor at a rehearsal for the 2010 National Heritage Concert. Photo by Michael G. Stewart This week’s podcast is a conversation with 2010 National Heritage fellow, fiddler Jim “Texas Shorty” Chancellor. Jim is one of the great Texas fiddlers. What puts the “Texas” in […]

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Postcard from the Central Valley

June 7, 2011 Washington, DC By Rocco Landesman NEA Heritage Fellow Richard Hagopian performs Armenian music on the oud, accompanied by his grandson, Andrew Hagopian, on the dumbeg. The performance was given at the San Joaquin River Center in honor of Rocco’s visit to Fresno. Video by Jon Ching, courtesy of the Alliance for California […]

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