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Martin Koenig: “Sound Portraits from Bulgaria and the Balkans: Photographs and Recordings”

October 23, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Ethnographer and cultural specialist Martin Koenig discusses his half century of research into traditional music and dance of the Balkans. More than 50 years ago, Koenig embarked on a trip to Bulgaria armed with letters of introduction from anthropologist Margaret Mead and folklorist Alan Lomax. On this trip, as well as on numerous subsequent visits, he sought to research and document the traditional music and dance forms in their original settings. Working in villages throughout the area, he filmed, recorded, and photographed the compelling yet endangered aspects of traditional culture he encountered. His historic recordings, photographs, and films portray villagers, especially musicians and dancers, and a way of life that has been transformed by modernization, globalization, and emigration.


This is a Smithsonian Folkways Recording Project made possible in part by The American Research Center in Sofia Foundation.


Part of the Fall Storytelling series.

Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.



October 23, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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