Δευτέρα, 20 Νοεμβρίου 2017

FOLK-MUSIC-S.TSIANIS COLLECTION

FOLK-MUSIC-S.TSIANIS COLLECTION
  Sotirios (Sam) Chianis was born in Santa Barbara, California in 1926, of Greek immigrant parents. He received  his PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University  of California at Los Angeles  and has taught  ethnomusicology  at several universities, including UCLA, Yale, Colgate and Wesleyan. Since 1968, Chianis has been at Binghamton University (State University of New York) where he initiated a graduate  program in ethnomusicology and served  as Chair of the Music Department. He began playing the santouri (cimbalom) at a young age and later studied  with the renowned Spyros Stamos. Chianis is  featured on several commercial recordings, has performed on radio and TV in Athens, Greece and has appeared as a guest  artist with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, and other major  symphony orchestras. For many years Sotirios served  as a studio musician for major television  and motion  picture studios in Hollywood, California.               In 1958, Chianis was invited to Greece by the Folklore and Folk Song Archives of the Academy of Athens (now the Hellenic Folklore Research  Center, Academy of Athens) to continue his research  on the folk music of Greece. Since 1958, Sotirios has received  numerous grants enabling him to undertake field  recording expeditions to various islands and mainland regions  of Greece in order to collect and preserve the rich and higly diverse indigenous folk music traditions of Greece.               Chianis has written extensively on various aspects of  Greek folk music. Included among his  numerous  works are The Vocal and Instrumental Tsamiko of Roumeli and the Peloponnesus (Doctor of Philosophy  dissertation). University  of California at Los Angeles , 1967, two volumes, 502 pp: «Aspects of Melodic Ornamentation in the Folk Music of Central Greece» Selected Reports, Institute of Ethnomusicology , University of California at Los Angeles, 1960, pp. 89-119. Folk Songs of Mantinea (Region of Arcadia, Peloponnesus), Greece (Berkeley of Los Angeles University  of California Press, 1965, 171 pp. «Neohellenic Fok Music», New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (London: MacMillan Press, Volume 7, pp. 675-82, 14 col. 1979). « Survival of Greek Folk Music in New York», New York Folklore (Vol. XIV, nos. 3-4 , 1988, pp. 37-48). His forthcoming monumental  work in two volumes, Folk Songs of the Central Peloponnesus, Greece (approximately 450 songs  in musical notation, original Greek Lyrics  with English  translations, introductory notes, and including  6 CDs of songs  and music selected from his field expeditions) is to be published  jointly  by the Peloponnesian  Folklore Foundation, Greece, and the Hellenic Folklore Research  Center of the  Academy of Athens, Greece.  

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