Alan Lomax, The Songhunter - Program 2
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Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 7:30pm
Expected Run Time is 120 minutes
$14; $10 Members; $12 Senior/Student

Ethnomusicologist, political activist, oral historian, and filmmaker, Alan Lomax (1915-2002) is a towering figure in American music who devoted his long life to collecting and popularizing American folk music.


Over two weekends in October, we present Alan Lomax: The Songhunter, a special documentary series honoring Lomax. Included are Rogier Kappers' poignant portrait of Lomax near the end of this life, and the five-program series American Patchwork from the 1980s that documents regional folklore, Ballads, Blues, and Bluegrass shot in his Greenwich Village apartment 1961.


CAJUN COUNTRY from American Patchwork

A documentary about the bayous of Louisiana, which have combined French, German, West Indian, native American, and hillbilly ingredients into a unique cultural gumbo (60 min)




APPALACHIAN JOURNEY from American Patchwork 

Lomax travels through the Southern Appalachians filming the songs, dances, and religious rituals of the descendants of the Scotch-Irish frontiers-people (60 min)


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