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Alan Lomax in Italy: on display photos American ethnomusicologist

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Lomax CentenarioIt was inaugurated Friday, September 11 at the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa the show “Alan Lomax in Italy 1954-1955″, dedicated to the photographic material that the US ethnomusicologist produced during his campaign recordings of Italian popular music between 1954 and 1955. As we know Lomax led (for most with Diego Carpitella, the most important Italian ethnomusicologist, who in the fifties also took part in the investigation of Ernesto De Martino on tarantism in Puglia) his research in many Italian regions, collecting hundreds of popular songs , which they are, together, a fundamental documentary corpus for the knowledge of Italian ethno-musical heritage. In Liguria, in particular, he documented in Ceriana and Baiardo singing in bordobe and, in Genoa, the famous singing trallallero. As specific Goffredo Plastino – professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Newcastle, author of the book “L’anno più felice della mia vita. Un viaggio in Italia (1954-55)” and curator of the exhibition along with Laura Parodi, singer and researcher – Alan Lomax during his period of stay in Italy, snapped around one thousand seven hundred photographs, which are now preserved at the Library of Congress in Washington. So those selected for the exhibition are a small part, but, despite this, they have an important meaning. On the one hand because they bear witness of how Lomax led his work. And on the other because they represent a record without equal in all Italian regions in a period defined. In this sense – Plastino said in the interview that carryover at the end in the video – we return, thanks to the skill of documentary Lomax, an image of an Italy which of course today there is no more “but these images comes out forcefully “.

The exhibition will remain open until September 27: Tuesday-Friday 15-19, Saturday and Sunday 10-19.

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