Master Makers and Players Series: Exploring the Legacy of America’s Masters of Traditional Music

  • Date:  March 30, 2014
  • Time:  2:00pm – 4:00pm
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The exhibit Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts highlights many of the NEA’s National Heritage Fellowship winners. These individuals constitute the very best of our country’s traditional artists. In this public lecture, ethnomusicologist Thomas G. Richardson will explore the diverse musical output of several of these distinguished musicians. Through sound and film, you will gain a better understanding of the styles and cultures that make up the complex fabric of American traditional music today, from familiar genres like bluegrass and gospel, to music uncommon in Western New York.

Thomas Grant Richardson, M.A. is an instructor at SUNY Empire State College and a doctoral candidate at Indiana University. His work focuses on the vernacular music traditions of the United States, as well as their exportation into other national contexts. For the past two years, he has been conducting ethnographic research in Toronto, exploring the translation of American “old-time” fiddle and banjo music by Canadian players.

Master Makers and Players Series program are held in conjunction with the Folk Arts exhibition Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts (February 2—June 20, 2014) For more information, please contact Carrie Hertz, Ph.D., Curator of Folk Arts at 716-286-8290.

This event is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.