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The Violin Will Remember

Armenian violinist Tamara Khachatryan on Arabic music, coming to the US, and the soul of the violin Interview by Kimi Eisele Tamara Khachatryan is an Armenian-born violinist who taught and performed in Syria until she fled the war and came to the United States. She plays both traditional and classical…

Figuring Out Who You Are

Mestra Luar do Sertão on art, science, and the beautiful challenge of Capoeira Interview by Kimi Eisele Anne Pollack, also known as Mestra Luar do Sertão, has trained and practiced Afro-Brazilian capoeira and traditional Afro-Brazilian music and dance over three decades. She trained with Mestre Marcelo Caveirinha until 1996, when…

Que Canten Las Mujeres

Vocalist Diana Olivares on mariachi, forming an all-woman band, and “las grandes” who came before her. Interview by Kimi Eisele Diana Olivares is a mariachi vocalist who has taught vocal workshops for the Tucson International Mariachi Conference, Mariachi Los Changuitos Feos, and Mariachi Atzlán de Pueblo High School. She is…


Thinking like a Folklorist

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