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Smithsonian Folkways Latino Music Concerts

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Dan Sheehy, director of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, talks about the special Latino music concert series featured at this year's Festival. See the full concert schedule at http://www.festival.si.edu/visitor/evening.aspx. The Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Latino Music Initiative proudly offers a series of new releases that showcase the diverse musical heritage of the more than 40 million Latinos living in the USA. Building on the Smithsonian archives' nearly 200 historic albums of music from Latin America and Latino USA, the new releases highlight musical traditions that further broaden the cultural representation of the national museum's collection. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings reaffirms its non-profit mission by offering greater access to the musical heritage of Latinos from many backgrounds. Learn more about the "Tradiciones" Series at http://www.folkways.si.edu/find_recordings/Latino.aspx. The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

Smithsonian Folkways remembers Harry Smith

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Watch this mini-documentary about Smith's influential "Anthology of American Folk Music," and read more about Smith's life and work here: [http://ow.ly/NyF5q]. The video footage is from a 1997 concert celebrating the CD reissue of the anthology. The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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Webpage of Folkways Recordings. Explore, research, order, and download recordings from the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian. Includes music from the United States and around the world. Search by album, artist, country, or genre.

Smithsonian Folkways Playlists

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Ayombe
Photo by Dan Payn/Smithsonian Institution

Check out these five playlists of Smithsonian Folkways tracks related to the 2011 Festival programs.

Music of Colombia features a variety of rhythms representing the regional diversity of Colombia, including two groups who performed at the Festival: Ayombe and Cimarrón. (17 tracks)

The Sounds of Peace Corps Countries includes an eclectic selection of tracks representing the musical traditions of countries that were represented in the Festival. (16 tracks)

Rhythm & Blues highlights tracks from two albums recorded in the 1960s: Roots: Rhythm and Blues and Roots: The Rock and Roll Sound of Louisiana and Mississippi. (20 tracks)

Boogie Woogie Piano celebrates the boogie groove that is at the heart of the American R&B and rock and roll traditions.

The Roots of Rhythm & Blues surveys the songs, spirituals, spoken word, and poetics that contributed to the post-WWII development of rhythm and blues music.

 

The Folkways Collection - Episode 1: A Folkways Overture

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The opening program in the series paints a broad canvas, presenting outstanding musical samples that reflect the strength and diversity of the Folkways collection. Included is a sampling of original and archival interviews with the many personalities featured throughout the series, including Pete Seeger, Mickey Hart, and more. This program also introduces the key themes explored over the 24 programs, such as the role of music in social activism.

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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Descriptions of more than two hundred CD and cassette titles of American folk, American Indian, bluegrass, blues, children's, classical, and world music; spoken-word recordings; and videotapes.

Smithsonian Folkways Magazine

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Website that introduces an indigenous American art form. Includes audio samples of the work discussed, from ragtime to modern.

Smithsonian Folkways new release

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New on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings: This official music video is for “Ripest of Apples” by Anna & Elizabeth, from the new album ‘The Invisible Comes […]

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Smithsonian Folkways Concert: Ayombe

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On Saturday, July 9, Smithsonian Folkways recording artists Ayombe performed the lively accordion-driven music from their award-winning album ¡Ayombe! The Heart of Colombia's Música Vallenata and Smithsonian Channel documentary The Accordion Kings.

Hear Folkways' Founding Father

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The Folkways Collection - Episode 3: Folkways: An American Canon

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The third program in the series explores the Folkways collection in terms of its remarkable breadth and the fascinating way in which it was catalogued by Moses Asch. The program incorporates many and varied examples of the material Asch recorded over the years, ranging from field recordings of rural blues and folk music, to ethnic recordings from around the world, to 'soundscapes', to oral history, to recordings of the poets of the Beat era, to the studio recordings of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, The Lost City Ramblers and Lead Belly.

Smithsonian Folkways: Featured Artists

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Webpage includes a selection of biographical information of featured musical artists from around the globe. Through video and audio clips, students connect the artists with their work to recognize the skills involved in music-making.

Smithsonian Folkways Lesson Plans

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Webpage provides interactive map for finding lesson plans from around the globe. Includes student activities, lesson plans, Heritage Month features, and teaching kits.

Pete Seeger's Advice to Smithsonian Folkways

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
In 2006, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Director Daniel Sheehy asked legendary singer-songwriter Pete Seeger whether he had any advice for the production staff and archivists at Smithsonian Folkways. To learn more about Pete Seeger's work with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, visit: http://www.folkways.si.edu/explore_folkways/pete_seeger.aspx The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

An Introduction to Jazz from Smithsonian Folkways

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Listen to John Hasse, curator of American music for the National Museum of American History, give an overview of Jazz, the great American art form. To learn more, visit folkways.si.edu/jazz to explore the Smithsonian Folkways Jazz Education Website and see which 111 songs were selected for JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology. http://folkways.si.edu/jazz Smithsonian Folkways is the non-profit record label of the National Museum of the United States. The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

Unboxing Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
More Info: http://www.folkways.si.edu/leadbelly Get an inside look at the new Lead Belly box set from Smithsonian Folkways, a 5 CD, 140-page, large-format book featuring 5 hours of music with 16 unreleased tracks. Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, out Feb. 24, 2015. Order here: http://goo.gl/bKkQ6m The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

Smithsonian Folkways Presents: The Mickey Hart Collection

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For more information on the Mickey Hart collection, and to purchase the albums, visit: http://www.folkways.si.edu/find_recordings/mickey-hart-collection.aspx On October 11, 2011, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings will release the 'Mickey Hart Collection' to preserve and further the Grateful Dead percussionist's endeavor to cross borders and expand musical horizons. Smithsonian Folkways will make many of Mickey Hart's music projects available digitally (stream and download) for the first time while keeping physical versions in print as on-demand CDs. The Mickey Hart Collection begins with 25 albums drawn from 'The World,' a series Hart curated that incorporated his solo projects, other artists' productions, and re-releases of out-of-print titles. Six of the twenty-five albums form the "Endangered Music Project," a collaboration between Mickey Hart and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, which presents recordings from musical traditions at risk. Both 'The World' and 'The Endangered Music Project' were previously distributed by Rykodisc from 1988 to 2002. 'The Mickey Hart Collection' offers a wide variety of music from virtually every corner of the globe, recorded in a diverse range of locations from the Nubian Desert to the Papua New Guinea rainforest. "Music is our talking book, our portal to the spirit world. I hope you will enjoy these audio snapshots of my musical journey," Hart says. "It's an honor to have my recordings at Smithsonian Folkways alongside the greatest songcatchers of our time." "Our new technologies are part of a powerful civilization which is rapidly transforming the world around us. It changes the environment, often in ways that endanger the delicate ecological balance nature has wrought over the millennia. It also brings radical change to cultures. Sometimes that change is empowering. But all too often it endangers precious human ways of life, just as surely as it endangers the environment within which those ways of life flourish. This series is dedicated to the hope that with education, empathy, and assistance, imperiled cultures can survive." - Mickey Hart and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress Hart co-produced The Endangered Music Project with Alan Jabbour, former Director of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. Mickey Hart served for twelve years on the American Folklife Center (AFC) Board of Trustees and helped to establish the "Save Our Sounds" project, a collaboration between the AFC and the Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Hart has also co-written four books documenting his lifelong fascination with the history and mythology of music. These include Drumming at the Edge of Magic, Planet Drum, Spirit into Sound: The Magic of Music and Songcatchers: In Search of the World's Music. He also served on the Smithsonian Folkways advisory board in the late 1980s, where he was instrumental in shaping digitization strategy for the Moses and Frances Asch Folkways Records Collection and served as technical director for The Original Vision, the initial Smithsonian Folkways reissue of Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly recordings. He also digitally remastered the Smithsonian Folkways album Hawaiian Drum Dance Chants and, with Thomas Vennum, Jr., supervised sound duplication for the album Navajo Songs. On October 11, digital downloads and on-demand CDs can be purchased directly from Smithsonian Folkways at http://www.folkways.si.edu/. Full-album purchases include complete, original liner notes as .PDF files. Additional materials will be added to The Mickey Hart Collection in the future. The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( http://www.si.edu/copyright/ ). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

Ella Jenkins, Folkways Children's Artist

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Ella Jenkins, Smithsonian Folkways recording artist, performs for families at the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. [Catalog No. - CFV10197; Copyright - 2009 Smithsonian Institution]

“Experimental” Music at Folkways Records

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Winter/Spring 2017: Experimental

Smithsonian Folkways Latino Music Concerts

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Dan Sheehy, director of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, talks about the special Latino music concert series featured at this year's Festival. Catalog No. - CFV10401; Copyright - 2012 Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian Folkways Latino Music Concerts

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Dan Sheehy, director of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, talks about the special Latino music concert series featured at this year’s Festival. 

Filmed: Charlie Weber, and Ashlee Duncan
Edited: Marinna Guzy, and Kelsey Michael

Smithsonian Folkways remembers Harry Smith

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May 29, 2015 would have been the 92nd birthday of Harry Smith (1923-1991). Watch this mini-documentary about Smith's influential "Anthology of American Folk Music," and read more about Smith's life and work here. The video footage is from a 1997 concert celebrating the CD reissue of the anthology.
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