Lament From Epirus: An Odyssey Into Europe’s Oldest Surviving Folk Music
Where: New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
212-870-1600 Price: Free
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Christopher King’s new book, LAMENT FROM EPIRUS, is an unforgettable journey into a musical obsession, which follows a unique genre back to the roots of song itself. As King hunts for traces of two long-lost virtuosos—one of whom may have committed a murder—he tells the story of the Roma people who pioneered Epirotic folk music and whose descendants continue the tradition today. His journey becomes an investigation into song and dance’s role as a means of spiritual healing—and what this may reveal about music’s original purpose.
Author Christopher King joins Amanda Petrusich in a conversation about his research and the stories and songs of the Epirotic folk music tradition.
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