Cover: Yuri Yunakov at Lincoln Center.
The National Heritage Fellow of 2011
is profiled on p. 16. Photograph by
Richard Conde. Courtesy of Center for
Traditional Music and Dance Archive.
|FROM THE EDITOR|
From the Fall-Winter
2011 issue of Voices:
The present issue of
Voices reflects in large
part upon ethnic identity
in New York. In
Affirmation: The Rhetoric
of Italian American
Identity,” Michael Buonanno examines,
with poetic eloquence, some of the tropes
of speech and story which helped to shape
what it was, and is, to be Italian American
in, and beyond, the community in which he
was raised. Mu Li focuses with fascination
upon activities Jewish Americans customarily
engage in upon the Christian holiday of
Christmas, especially eating out at Chinese
restaurants. Frank Campagna (“Field Note”)
remembers a traditional Italian folk story
passed down in his family, and what the story
offers to an understanding of how best to
treat elders in their later, vulnerable years.
Pete Rushefsky and Ethel Raim share the
story of Bulgarian Romani saxophonist Yuri
Yunakov’s career and celebrate his receipt
of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship.
Ukrainian American lutenist, composer, and
painter Roman Turovsky-Savchuk explains
the development of his engagement with
Ukrainian music and musical genres, in life
as well as in cyberspace, in “Dialogues with
Time.” We revisit the New York Folklore Society’s Annual 2011 “Legends and Tales” Conference proceedings via a report by Lisa Overholser, and Ellen McHale and Lisa
Overholser describe the Society’s three-day,
two-state Embroiderers’ Gathering in
Ithaca in November 2011, thanks to a grant
from the Mid Atlantic Folk Arts Outreach
Project. Voices is pleased to reprint an especially
noteworthy article from Inside Arts,
the publication of the Association for Performing
Arts Presenters (APAP): Kristen
Andresen’s account of the historic founding
of WOCA—Women of Color in the Arts,
at last year’s APAP conference in New
York City. Voices also welcomes its newest
column, “NurorAsian: Asian American
Arts in New York,” written for this issue by Andrea Louie. In upcoming issues, two
writers will pen this column in alternation:
Andrea Louie and Nico Daswani, both of
New York’s Asian American Arts Alliance
(www.aaartsalliance.org). Finally, with sorrow,
but with a shared gratitude for having known
her, three of Poughkeepsie-based folklorist
Jean D. Crandall’s close friends reflect on
Jean’s life and legacy in folklore, since her
untimely passing in November.
New York Folklore Society
|Fall–Winter 2011, Volume 37:3–4|
Mary Beth Malmsheimer
Editorial Board: Varick Chittenden, Lydia Fish,
José Gomez-Davidson, Hanna Griff-Sleven,
Nancy Groce, Lee Haring, Bruce Jackson,
Christopher Mulé, Libby Tucker, Kay Turner,
Dan Ward, Steve Zeitlin
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