Performances Move Back to Coolidge Auditorium with Music from Kenya July 1
The Library of Congress continues its “Homegrown: The Music of America” concert series with more performances this summer. Traditional music and dance drawn from communities across the United States will be showcased through September.
The popular concert series is presented by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. The series brings the multicultural richness of American folk arts from around the country to the nation’s capital.
All concerts are at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium, located on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Concerts are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
Performances are recorded and most are later made available on the Library of Congress website. For more information on the Homegrown 2014 concert series, visit www.loc.gov/rr/perform/concert/.
2014 Homegrown Concert Series
Tuesday, July 1
Benga and Traditional Music from Kenya
Singer and songwriter Winyo performs music ranging from traditional Luo melodies infused with witty story lines, Afro fusion and Afro jazz, to a contemporary interpretation of Benga, which is a mix of contemporary music with traditional Kenyan Luo music where the guitar is played to mimic a Luo eight-string lyre called a nyatiti. Winyo sings in Dholuo, Swahili and English.
Wednesday, July 23
Korean Music and Dance from New York
Sounds of Korea is part of the New-York-based Korean Performing Arts Center (KPAC), consisting of a dance troupe, an instrumental chamber ensemble and a percussion ensemble. The group’s artistic emphasis is on the subtle grace and beauty found in Korean traditional dances in which the dancers with powerful, yet delicate, gestures and movements reveal a unique aesthetic beauty.
Wednesday, Aug. 6
Blues Music from Maryland
Phil Wiggins and Friends is an all-star blues and dance group including Phil Wiggins (harmonica), Rick Franklin (guitar and vocals) Marcus Moore (violin) and Junious Brickhouse (dance). Their music is rooted in the melodic Piedmont or ‘Tidewater’ blues of the Chesapeake region.
Tuesday, Aug. 19
Galician Bagpipes and Flutes
Carlos Núñez is a bagpiper and flutist from Galicia in Spain. This concert will feature a special emphasis on the music collected by Alan Lomax in Galicia in the 1950s, which is part of the AFC Archive, and which has inspired numerous musicians including Miles Davis. Núñez has visited AFC several times to research this important collection.
Wednesday, Aug. 20
Texas Fiddling and Swing Music
The Quebe Sisters Band is comprised of Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe, who all sing and play the fiddle, and the Clark twins, Penny Lea (guitar and mandolin) and Katy Lou (banjo, piano, and accordion). They perform a blend of Texas-style fiddling, vintage country, bluegrass and jazz and swing standards.
Thursday, Sept. 11
Son Jarocho Folk Music of Mexico
The Alliance for California Traditional Arts curates a presentation of master artists and their apprentices from Northern and Southern California, who perform son jarocho, folk music from Veracruz, Mexico.
Thursday, Sept. 18
National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow (to be announced)
The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s website, www.loc.gov.
The American Folklife Center was created by Congress in 1976 and placed at the Library of Congress to “preserve and present American Folklife” through programs of research, documentation, archival preservation, reference service, live performance, exhibition, public programs and training. The center includes the American Folklife Center Archive of Folk Culture, which was established in 1928 and is now one of the largest collections of ethnographic material from the United States and around the world. For more information, visit www.loc.gov/folklife/.