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Project Open Voice: Local Look Peterborough
Part of Project Open Voice: Videos of events at the Mariposa hosted on the Local Look Peterborough web site. Click here to visit the site.
Latin America Teach-In
QR Codes to the Silk Road
Mariposa now offers you a view of the Silk Road through QR codes, a bar code that when scanned by your Smart Phone, takes you to a website. Augusta Thomson has assembled an impressive list of websites on the Silk Road, past and present, which you can access at the museum or by Clicking here to download a PDF
Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life
Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925) is a silent documentary film which follows a branch of the Bakhtiari tribe of Persia (today Iran) as they and their herds make their seasonal journey to better pastures. It is considered one of the earliest ethnographic documentary films. It was written by Richard Carver and Terry Ramsaye. [taken from Wikipedia]
These are large files and may take some time to download.
Silk Road Slideshows
Assembling a Yurt in Kyrgyzstan - June, 2011
Ray Bollerud took photos of a child's yurt being assembled in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan in June 2011. He talked about his travels on the Silk Road at 7PM on Friday, September 9, 2011. Click here for Powerpoint slideshow.
Boston Lykeion Ellinidon Performance
Irene Savas's Boston Lykeion Ellinidon performed at the Mariposa on April 3, 2011.
The dynamic Boston ensemble Dünya presented "An Ottoman Musical Tapestry" on Saturday, March 19, 2011. To see them perform, go to www.dunyainc.org and click on the video link at the bottom of the page!
Ranbyoshi—Japanese Folk Art and Taiko Drumming Benefit
Dance Philippines and Leyte, performing "tinikling" and "singkil"
The Iskewelahang Pilipino Rondalla Ensemble
The Ensemble was established in 1986 by Cristina Castro under the musical direction of classical/folk guitarist, Michael Dadap. Since its founding, the Ensemble has completed three international tours and performed at numerous colleges and folk festivals throughout the Eastern United States. In 1990 their Philippine tour was highlighted by a special performance before then-President Corazon Aquino at Malacañang Palace. In April 1993, the group gave a special tribute performance in honor of Nitoy Gonzales, the beloved Filipino rondalla maestro, composer, and songwriter. In November that same year, the group took part in a special performance at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York in honor of the visiting Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos. The Ensemble released their first CD "Crossing Over" in 1995.
Listen to a clip from the CD of this outstanding mandolin, guitar and bass ensemble! Visit their web site at: www.ipbahay.org/rondalla.html
Angkor Dance Troupe Monkey Dance
Sebastian Lockwood performs 'The Monkey King'
The Maine Kanteles
Slide show of our festive evening of Scottish frivolity hosted by Sir Jeremy Bell
Waulking with Norman Kennedy
A highlight of the evening was a demonstration by Norman and Kathy of a "waulking" accompanied by Gaelic waulking songs. Traditionally when tweed was made, it needed to be "fulled" to increase its ability to keep out the wind. Waulking is a process of repeatedly beating the cloth to "full it" and prepare it for use. Waulking songs are a musical form unknown elsewhere in Western Europe. They are very rhythmic and were composed to keep the beat when the cloth was being waulked. The session often begins with slow-paced songs, with the tempo increasing as the cloth becomes softer.
Norman Kennedy one of Scotland's finest traditional singers, introduced waulking and many Scottish ancestral work songs to the United States. Growing up in the traditional life of Aberdeen, where his family has lived since the end of the 1200s, Norman learned an older way of life, with its stories and songs: the life of the croft (the small self-sufficient farms of the region) and later of the Western Isles, a region with a different language and culture. Norman learned the work songs of weavers and crofters from people who were singing these songs when Victoria was Queen and he has performed these ancient Scottish an Gaelic ballads at festivals around the world.
In 1965 Norman was invited to the Newport Folk Festival to explore the roots of the American ballad tradition. He stayed and worked as master weaver at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. In 1975 he founded the Marshfield School of Weaving, using wooden looms from the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Kathy Torrey, who lives in Alstead, was drawn into a study of the music and life of the Hebrides by a family friendship between her grandmother and Margaret Fay Shaw Campbell and John Lourne Campbell. The Campbells devoted their lives to preserving traditional music of the western islands, and encouraged Kathy on a "wanderyear" where she explored Gaelic work songs. She is currently an educator and dance caller, and enjoys passing along simple traditional songs to the next generations.
Bringing in the Light—Music, Dance & Folklore from Scandinavia, Andrea Larson & Henriette Isene
Scots Highlands Pipes and Drums at the Mariposa Museum
Abou Sylla, A Guinean Musician's Fabulous Balafon Perfomance at the Mariposa Museum
Abou traveled around the world with the internationally acclaimed Les Ballets Africains, the Guinean national dance troupe, and the To Kouyate Company, a traditional music ensemble. In 1995 he moved to New York, where he co-founded Feraba-African Rhythm Tap, a music and dance company based on the fusion of Tap Dance, Jazz and African Dance & Music. He was Artist in Residence at the University of Florida in 1998 and presently holds an assistant professorship at the University, teaching African Music & Culture. In 2000, he received the Artists' Fellowship in Music Composition from the New York Foundation of the Arts.
He currently performs with the award winning group Les Merveilles d'Afrique a company created by Mohamed Kemoko Sano, choreographer of Les Ballets Africains, as well as with several contemporary and traditional music groups: among them, DeBlatt, Super Mandeng, African Blue Note Band, & Sekouba Kandia Kouyate Band.
Akwaaba Ensemble at Mariposa Museum
Energized drumming and dancing blended with Highlife music makes them unique! The Akwaaba Traditional African Drum and Dance Ensemble was formed in 2002 by Theo Nii Martey during a tour with Brekete Ensemble in London. It brings together a group of friends who have been playing music together for many years in Ghana and the UK. The group includes past members of the National Dance Ensemble, Brekete Ensemble and the Shidaa cultural troupe.
The Akwaaba Ensemble's energetic and engaging performances are a reflection of their name, which means ‘welcome’ in the Twi language of the Ashanti tribe of Ghana. At each performance the Ensemble brings Highlife music, West African drumming and dance to vivid life.
Audiences agree that their performances are “overwhelmingly positive. Once you hear their music, you can’t resist to move”.
Each Ensemble member teaches and leads workshops. Together they have connected with students at dozens of schools around the globe. Parents and teachers praise their work: “These guys are energetic, enthusiastic. They’re really knowledgeable about what they are doing, and they seem to really enjoy working with kids.”
For the past six years, the Ensemble has toured internationally and performed on many stages in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. They perform at theaters, fairs, festivals, weddings, school settings, Drumming and Dancing workshops in the community, and often collaborate with other musicians. The goal of the group is to produce extraordinary music and great performances that enlighten the audience about African Culture and Music. They recently dubbed their new album “Akwaaba Welcome Home”.
For more information about the Akwaaba Ensemble please visit us on our website at www.akwaabaensemble.com
Drepung Goman Monks at Mariposa Museum
Wedding Fashion Show at Mariposa Museum
Slideshow of the Mariposa
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