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March 15, 2017
In 2009, ethnomusicologist Gage Averill edited and compiled the CD box set Alan Lomax in Haiti 1936-1937 and wrote the accompanying Grammy-nominated notes. The recordings were selected from the original Alan Lomax field recordings and materials in the Library of Congress American Folklife Center archive. Averill will speak about the project and the difficulties as well as the joys and discoveries made in the process of returning the recordings to Haiti in the period after the devastating 2010 earthquake.
Professor Averill is Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia and was formerly Vice-Principal Academic and Dean of the University of Toronto Mississauga, Dean of Music at the University of Toronto, and Chair of New York University's Department of Music. An ethnomusicologist specializing in popular music of the Caribbean and North American vernacular music, he served as President of the Society for Ethnomusicology from 2009-2011. His book on barbershop singing, Four Parts, No Waiting: A Social History of American Barbershop Harmony (2003), won best book prizes from the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Society for American Music. His book on Haitian popular music and power, A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey: Popular Music and Power in Haiti (1997), was awarded the best book prize in ethnic and folk research by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. His 10-CD boxed set of music, film, and accompanying books, Alan Lomax in Haiti, 1936-37, was named an Outstanding Project for 2010 by the Clinton Global Initiative and received two Grammy Nominations.
May 4, 2017
Banjoist and composer Jayme Stone is a long-time researcher at the American Folklife Center. During the Open Mic talk, Alan Lomax Collection curator Todd Harvey will ask Jayme to talk about his discoveries in the AFC archive. He will focus on Jayme’s re-imagining of archival recordings, specifically Alan Lomax recordings. Todd will then turn to Jayme’s performing career in general and how the Lomax Project has impacted his career trajectory.
Two-time Juno-winning banjoist, composer, and instigator Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world—bridging folk, jazz and chamber music. His award-winning albums both defy and honor the banjo's long role in the world's music, turning historical connections into compelling sounds. He will perform at the Library of Congress on May 4, 2017 at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium, Jayme Stone's Lomax Project.
Film screening and discussion: Mill Stories: Remembering Sparrows Point Steel Mill Co-directed by William Shewbridge (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) and Michelle Stefano (American Folklife Center)
May 11, 2017
Mill Stories: Remembering Sparrows Point Steel Mill (35 mins) spotlights the memories and stories of former workers of the Sparrows Point Steel Mill that was, until recently, located on the water outside Baltimore, Maryland. Created by the Pennsylvania Steel Company in 1887, and taken over by Bethlehem Steel in 1916, the mill became the world’s largest center for producing steel – evident in the girders of the Golden Gate, George Washington, and Bay Bridges – and for shipbuilding. As a key production site during both World Wars, Sparrows Point peaked during the 1960s and saw a gradual decline in the decades that followed. For 125 years, tens of thousands of steel workers and associated personnel have known the mill not only as a place of employment, but as the center of community life.
In 2012, the mill was shuttered forever, devastating its workers – both active and retired – their families, and surrounding communities. Nonetheless, this is a story that lives on in their hearts and minds. As part of the larger Mill Stories project, the film aims to safeguard and promote the living cultural heritage of the recently closed mill, and to help amplify the voices of those who knew it best.
This event is co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Professional Guild AFSCME Local 2910 and the American Folklife Center.
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