Learning and telling the stories of Near Eastern musicians in the US in the early decades of the 20th century. Read more
This project was successfully funded on April 20, 2012.
Thank you! Headed toward the goal for the Middle East trip.
Holy moly! Things are going better than I ever could have hoped. The Project of the Day bump brought a lot of backers to the project. I'm so grateful.
I've said already that if we hit $10,000, I'll begin booking a resarch/lecture tour of Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel & Egypt. Now that it appears to be a real possibility, I'll add to that that if we reach $11,000, I'll buy a video camera, and I'll commit to starting posting videos regularly on my YouTube channel. (Did you know I have a YouTube channel where you can listen to songs from various recent projects? It's here.) So, there'll be videos from my travels over the next year - NYC, Boston, Dearborn, Detroit, Chicago, Boston, LA, and the Middle East, including excerpts from my lectures, interviews with experts, academics, record collectors, and whatever other fascinating stuff I get to experience, all thanks to YOU, the contributors to this amazing journey. Making widely available the nearly-raw documentation of some of the incredible people who feed the project and places that it takes me is perhaps the best thing I could offer. Thank you all so much for your gracious support. I'm humbled.
As always, spreading the word is a great help. 5 days left to go!
I'll be out of town till Weds. 2 more tracks - an improvisation by the great Armenian-American kanunist Garbis and a fierce dance piece by Bulgarian-American Nick Doneff - will be posted then!