Dick Blau, Angeliki and Charles Keil, and Steven Feld: Bright Balkan Morning: Romani Lives and the Power of Music in Greek Macedonia; Book

Dick Blau, Angeliki and Charles Keil, and Steven Feld: Bright Balkan Morning: Romani Lives and the Power of Music in Greek Macedonia; Book

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by Dick Blau, Angeliki and Charles Keil, Steven Feld, with an Introduction by Ian Hancock

Wesleyan University Press, 2002

A celebration of settled “Gypsies” and music-dance in Greek Macedonia with CD.


 A stunningly-illustrated interweaving of first person narratives, photographs, cultural commentary and soundscapes, Bright Balkan Morning provides an unprecedented view of settled Romani lives in the Balkans and the unique roles of "Gypsy" instrument players in the region. These Romani instrumentalists from Iraklia, an ancient Greek Macedonian crossroads and market town that is home to about 2,000 Roma, provide the sounds that facilitate parties and rites of passage, performing an essential and highly valued service for their multicultural neighbors.

At the heart of the book are ten first-person Romani life stories. Charles and Angeliki Keil situate these personal accounts within the cultural, historical and economic setting of Greek Macedonia, and provide an overview of musical events in diverse localities. The 161 black and white photographs by Dick Blau include parades, parties, weddings and wrestling matches; portraits of the musicians and their families; studies of domestic life in the Romani neighborhood; reproductions from Romani family albums and other historic images. Steven Feld's soundscape CD features the voices and instruments of people whose stories are told in the book. Familiar sounds of markets, church, neighborhood and countryside set the context for exuberant performances at home and at parties, cafes and nightclubs.

Details about Polka Happiness, another collaboration by Dick Blau and Angeliki and Charles Keil, see: <http://www.mediarare.com/polkahap.html>

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