FOLK ARTS & CULTURE
Traditional Music & Dance
We spotlight some of New York State’s foremost traditional artists. The directory is organized alphabetically by artists’ last names. Find bios, discography, links to genre and cultural information and contact information.
NEW YORK MUSIC GENRES
A diversity of musical genres abound in the traditional music of New York State. Here you can learn about the major musical genres that have come to define New York, including a brief overview of the genre as it developed in the State, links to articles focusing on New York’s connection to the genre, and a brief list of current representative traditional artists.
NEW YORK MUSIC & DANCE CULTURAL RESOURCES
New York State is rich with immigrant history and diverse traditions. The many ethnicities of New York’s artists contribute to widespread cultural influences. Explore the cultural organizations throughout the State that nurture these varied music traditions.
MUSIC & DANCE BY NEW YORK COUNTY
New York is a large state, with many distinct cultural regions and a complex mix of immigrant cultural communities. They range from upstate counties, known for their polka or fiddling traditions to downstate urban counties, such as Queens, where over 140 languages are spoken and as many distinct musical genres are practiced. You can select a county and learn about its major cities, communities, musical genres and artists. Follow links to genres, artists, and cultural organizations to learn more about the music there.
We highlight some upcoming music and dance events here. Check our calendar also for many more listings of performances and concerts throughout the state each month.
INTERVIEWS & REVIEWS
In 2011–2012, NYFS offered a special membership bonus, Voices in New York, with a traditional CD offering each month. NYFS celebrated outstanding artists who honor the traditional repertoire, while presenting it in the highest quality, and/or interpret the traditional in an experimental form. Interviews and CD reviews are included here.
These traditional music & dance web pages were developed with support of New York State Music Fund, administered by the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. These music pages are still in development. Please enjoy and come back again, as we continue to expand this section.