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'Master Makers and Players' series at Castellani Art Museum

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Wed, Mar 26th 2014 07:00 am

'Exploring the Legacy of America's Masters of Traditional Music'

The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University presents "Exploring the Legacy of America's Masters of Traditional Music" on Sunday, March 30, from 2-4 p.m.

The exhibit "Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts" highlights many of the NEA's National Heritage Fellowship winners. CAM staff said these individuals constitute the very best of this country's traditional artists. In this public lecture, ethnomusicologist Thomas Grant Richardson will explore the diverse musical output of several of these distinguished musicians. Through sound and film, participants will gain a better understanding of the styles and cultures that make up the complex fabric of American traditional music today, from familiar genres like bluegrass and gospel, to music uncommon in Western New York.

The program is free and open to the public.

Richardson, M.A., is an instructor at SUNY Empire State College and a doctoral candidate at Indiana University. His work focuses on the vernacular music traditions of the U.S., as well as their exportation into other national contexts. For the past two years, he has been conducting ethnographic research in Toronto, exploring the translation of American "old-time" fiddle and banjo music by Canadian players.

For more information, contact Carrie Hertz, Ph.D., curator of folk arts, at 716-286-8290.

This event is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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