Join us, just ahead of our public program, for this special workshop session with Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi discussing the historical movements of “world” music.
Tuesday, November 13
469 College Street
Stoeckel Hall Room 106
*Reception with food and drink to follow
“There is no ‘Other'”: Minstrelsy as World Music”
There is a contemporary notion that “world” music is a recent phenomenon but in fact music has always been global. Just as foodways and artistic techniques have travelled trade routes for thousands of years, so too has music. American musician Rhiannon Giddens and Italian instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi will explore the journeys of the banjo and the tambourine (or tamburello), respectively, from the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Africa, and how they ended up meeting in America in the 1800s as a part of the massive cultural phenomenon that was the minstrel show.