Wednesday, 23 November 2011

An evening in the village

Banjoist Jake Schepps (USA) has released a new album, An evening in the village: the music of Béla Bartók. On Bluegrass Today, David Hollender, banjo-player and professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, reviews the CD (together with two audio tracks and a video of a recent performance of music from the album). Hollender points out that among classical composers who have made use of folk music, Béla Bartók was the first who did not 'fix' the traditional music to make it fit classical conventions. He adds:

The CD also includes a single tune that deserves mention. 'Cousin Sally Brown' is not by Bartók. It is an American fiddle tune. What is interesting is how much it has in common with the Eastern European tunes. It drives home the point that American and Eastern European folk music have more things in common than the number of things that divide them.

Read the review, listen to the audio samples, and see if you agree.