Sunday, August 29, 2010

Wailwan Boree 1898

Images are of Wailwan Aborigines from photographs made in 1898. All drawings are in pen on a note pad, 6" x 4", 2010. I made about 60 of them today. I'll post a bunch more later. Good night everybody, sleep tight. Snaveltjes toe en oogjes dicht.

You know what my favorite concert has been so far this year? It was an ensemble of Chinese-Americans performing traditional Chinese music in a neighborhood park in Chinatown, Manhattan on a sunny Saturday afternoon. And why? Because I intuited, maybe for the first time, why music exists and what its function is. I'm a musical tourist.
My favorite finds when I shop for music are books, academic ones, with a research music cd tucked into it. The newest of such finds is a book by Henry Sapoznik called Klezmer! Jewish Music from Old World to Our World. The 30th Top 10 of the Top 100 2010 is as follows:
  1. The Wailwan Boree 1898 with Wadimir. (hence the little drawings)
  2. Joseph Moskowitz - Doina (from Klezmer!)
  3. Diakari Dia Diakite dit Dia - Sadjona (latest entry from a blog I follow: Awesome Tapes from Africa)
  4. Bejing Opera: Edison cylinder 1902 (just like the music in Chinatown)
  5. Italy: Sardinia:: Ballo Tondo (Traditional music recorded in the 1950's by Alan Lomax)
  6. (Cantor) Yoselle Rosenblatt - Ato Yozarto (both Klezmer recordings in this list recorded around 1914)
  7. Unidentified record printed in Hong Kong (2nd hand store: decorated sleeve by previous owner, Chinese characters only, both record and sleeve are heartwarming and beautiful)
  8. Italy: Calabro:: Balletto (sung by a group of young women)
  9. Miriam Makeba - Umquokozo (I just bought my ninth record of her: Makeba!, it's a good one)
  10. Torres Strait Island Aborigines: Adud Leluti (as #1 recorded in 1898, but from a different expedition. This recording is from the very first British field recoding session. The first field recording ever was made by the American J. Walter Fewkes, who recorded the Passamaquoddy Indians in the US in 1890)

1 comment:

  1. Note: As it turns out the music to which the 1898 Wailwan Boree photos (as a slide show on YouTube) are set, are recordings of the Waramiri made much later in 1953. The Waramiri live in Arnhem land, much further north than the Wailwan of New South Wales.