The Cypriot Fiddler aims to collect the stories of the last surviving traditional fiddlers of Cyprus (both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots) and present them in a documentary, currently being filmed in Cyprus. The project uses methods from ethnomusicology and life writing, and is based at Wolfson College, University of Oxford.
Fiddlers (fkiolarides/kemaneciler) were the musicians that accompanied every ritual and celebration in Cyprus until the mid-20th century. While much of their music has been transcribed and recorded, their life stories and role in Cyprus's social and professional life have not been recorded yet. This is precisely the aim of The Cypriot Fiddler: to collect the stories of this group's last surviving musicians and present them in a documentary.
While funding for archival research and the main part of the interviews conducted as part of this project has been secured through a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant, as yet I have no funding for this documentary. The money that I'm trying to raise through this campaign will be used towards the filming of the documentary as well as its editing and production.
Many thanks in advance!
Risks and challenges
This project involves some of the last survivors of a professional class of musicians that was active in the twentieth century. Some of the musicians I have been working with for this project are very elderly, so there's a sense of urgency attached to it. The main challenge with completing this project is, therefore, to manage to collect these musicians' stories while they're still here with us...Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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