Concerts from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2022 at 12:00 PM (ET)

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With finely textured arrangements, WÖR injects new energy into 18th-century melodies from the Flanders region of Belgium. Their sound has elements of folk, early music, and jazz, and shines an inventive spotlight on the tunes preserved in old Flemish manuscripts. The band members include Fabio Di Meo (baritone saxophone), Jeroen Goegebuer (fiddle), Bert Ruymbeek (accordion), Jonas Scheys (guitar), and Pieterjan Van Kerckhoven (bagpipes, baroque musette, saxophone). WÖR has toured in Europe, Australia, Canada, and the United States, and was nominated for 'best live band' at the Flemish Folk Awards, 2021. They have released three albums; the second, Sssht, won the German award 'Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik,' and the latest, About Towers, made it into the European World Music Charts. Much of their current repertoire comes from About Towers, which is built around Belgian manuscripts from the vast carillon repertoire from the Low Countries. In the late Middle Ages, the carillon (a set of tuned bronze bells suspended in a large tower) used to function like a radio station, playing the hits of the day to everyone in the surrounding area.

A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the 2022 concerts will stream online, Wednesdays from March - September. Video will also be posted online here and on the Library of Congress YouTube channel. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.