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Martin Koenig: Sounds from Bulgaria

A painting of nine individuals depicted in celebratory cultural expression (playing music, dancing, and singing) atop an orange background. Artwork by Robert L. Horton.

Martin Koenig

In the early 1960s ethnographer and Balkan dance specialist Martin Koenig embarked on his first trip to Southeast Europe armed with a letter of introduction from the legendary anthropologist Margaret Mead. On that trip and many subsequent ones over a span of twenty-five years, Koenig traveled to villages throughout the Balkans, researching and documenting traditional music and dance in rural communities on the cusp of change.

His ethnographic photographs and recordings have been widely published and exhibited in periodicals, newspapers, magazines and professional institutions.

The music described in the films are in a 144 page hard-cover book with 2 music CDs published and distributed by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and Balkan Echoes.

Learn more on his website.

Scheduled performance time: Friday, May 28 - 3:00pm | Channel: On-Demand | Category: Storytelling and Spoken Word