Local Centers/Global Sounds: Historic Recordings and Upper Midwestern Music Vernaculars

Nathan D. Gibson (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

For more than a century, immigrant and indigenous musicians in the Upper Midwest have simultaneously maintained a connection to home, fostered community locally, and contributed to the complex quilt of American vernacular music. Folklorists at the University of Wisconsin received an NEH grant, first introduced six years ago at AFS, to spotlight the varied musics of the Upper Midwest by providing access to more than 800 hours of historic field recordings and more than 1,000 out-of-print ethnic 78s. This presentation serves as a recap of the previous six years (and still ongoing) work of Local Centers/Global Sounds.

Part of 04-06 Representations in Immigrant Settlement and Interethnic Engagement in the Upper Midwest, Friday, November 03, 8:30 am–10:00 am