May 17th (friday)
THE WIDOW'S JOY
listening & talk with Ian Nagoski
Bowerbird Presents GATE
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
ABOUT THE EVENT
Join us for Ian Nagoski's new lecture, titled The Widow's Joy: Pride, Genius, Grief & Lies
from International 78rpm Recordings, seamlessly presents recordings
from the the mid-1910s to 1950 across a wide geographic area.
Musicians, famous and obscure, "classical" and "folk" alike are
presented side-by-side as Nagoski describes one life after another of
a creative person whose biography was marked by displacement, tragic
circumstance, great opportunity, and forces of history beyond their
control. In the process, Nagoski shares rarely-heard and deeply
touching performances, some joyous and some heartbreaking, while
asking questions about the value of life and meaning of music.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Record producer, music researcher, and writer Ian Nagoski specializes
in early 20th century recordings in languages other than English. In
the past five years, he has produced collections for the
Dust-to-Digital, Tompkins Square, Important, and Em record labels, as
well as his own Canary imprint (manufactured and distributed by
Mississippi Records of Portland, OR). In the past 12 months, he has
produced six new LPs of music from India, Anatoalia, Greece, the
Levant, and Eastern Europe, as well as a "global view of the rise of
rock n roll, 1942-61."
The Rotunda is a West Philadelphia community-gathering place that is fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change and that the arts can lead to the formation of meaningful partnerships between the University of Pennsylvania and surrounding neighborhoods. Over 300 events are offered every year, including live music, film, spoken word, theater, art, dance, education, youth programs, arts incubation, and various experimental genres. As an alcohol-free, smoke-free venue, The Rotunda provides a critical social alternative for all ages. At its core, The Rotunda is a shared space fostering learning, enrichment, and community support while empowering the public to present, produce, and promote their work.