The FY 2015 grants from the City of Austin Cultural Arts Divison have rolled in and it's finally time to reveal the projects sponsored by their grants. Texas Folklife is dedicated to music, education, and traditional culture all around Texas and here are a few of the programs we'll be bringing you in the coming year.
A celebration of all things fiddle right in the heart of Texas Folklife. We here at TXF are happy to announce 30 years of fiddle fanatacism and we're kicking it all of with a fiddle friday - and the best part? You're all invited!
The Central Accordion Association and the Elgin SPJST present "The Accordion Jamboree" on Sunday, Oct 26th at 3:00 pm. The Jamboree will shocase accordion music of many different styles and genres. There will be five groups of musicians ranging from solo artists to full bands of seven or eight. Each set will be thirty five minutes. The genres range from Czech music to Chicago style dance music to big band sounds and country. This event is for dancing! All the music will be danceable and the blend of sounds means that there'll be something for everyone.
Throughout the semester, Jen Karydas's 7th grade class has been working hard with our Stories team to create audio documentaries. Students produced several stories about the stories and traditions of their very own Martin Middle School.
For Chitravina N. Ravikiran (Born 1967), music is not just a vocation; it is intrinsically tied to his family history. Ravikiran's father was a master musician himself, and in his son recognized remarkable musical gifts. As a two year old, he shocked the Indian music community by identifying and rendering 325 ragas (melodic scales) and 175 talas (rhythmic cycles).