Meto Koloski via Crowdrise
May 18, 2014
BENEFITING: United Macedonian Diaspora
EVENT DATE: May 31, 2014
A very generous member of the United Macedonian Diaspora, who would like to remain anonymous, has pledged to match up to $12,000 in donations for the project made between now and May 15, 2014. We hope you can help us raise this amount, so that Macedonian music will enter the catalogue, and archives of the Smithsonian for generations to come. You cannot ask for better promotion than this for the Macedonian heritage.
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, has agreed to produce a high quality recording featuring outstanding examples of traditional music collected in Macedonia in 1968 and 1973 by Martin Koenig who runs Seattle-based Balkan Echoes. This is the first-ever Macedonian project undertaken by the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, which is dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increasing "understanding among peoples through documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound."
$48,250 has been raised; $23,299 remains to be raised for a total budget of $71,549. Donors of $250 or more will have their name(s) listed in the accompanying booklet that will be issued and distributed by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings electronically and receive this music on a signed, limited edition CD.
In the time period when these recordings were made, it was rare to be able to bring a professional recording engineer into the field with high quality recording equipment to record traditional musicians. The CD, which will be titled "Balkan Echoes: Music From Macedonia: A Recording Partnership with Smithsonian Folkways," will not only preserve the wonderful past of Macedonia, but will also help bring Macedonian folk music to the present for people of all ages and ethnicities to enjoy. These recordings will represent "zurli-tapan," which features vocal music from rural communities and "calgija," which features local songs in local languages. The CD will also be accompanied with a booklet containing interpretive notes and photographs of the Macedonian people whose legacy is contained in the songs highlighted in the recordings.
Please learn more about this project and hear music samples by clicking here: http://balkanechoes.azurewebsites.net