A Special Saturday Night Experimental Coffee House
A lecture and 78rpm listening session with IAN NAGOSKI
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA 02445
IAN NAGOSKI is a musicologist, writer, musician, radio host, and the founder of Canary Records. His avocation is inspiring people who love music to love it more. In 2007 Ian released Black Mirror, a collection of gripping folk and devotional music recorded between 1918 and 1954 in Syria, Bali, Scotland, Yugoslavia, Cameroon, and a dozen or so other countries. It was released on Grammy-winning label, Dust-to-Digital; taste-makers Pitchfork gave it an 8.6, AllMusicGuide gave it 5/5 sitars, Baltimore’s City Paper called it “enigmatic, transfixing, haunting, pretty, and just plain odd,” and the Kronos Quartet began performing a piece from it. The academic journal Ethnomusicology lauded it as an exceptional collection, despite having been made for the general public.
Nagoski followed Black Mirror with A String of Pearls, on his own label, Canary Records, released a licensed vinyl version of the ARKO CD Mortika: Recordings From a Greek Underworld, an album of music from the 1930s Greek milieu of outlaws, hash smokers, and smooth operators. Canary most recently released an LP of the under-recognized and brilliant 1920s Greek singer Marika Papagika, a summary of several years of Nagoski’s extensive research on her life and music, which LA Times Music Editor Randall Roberts has called “awe-inspiring.” Upcoming releases include surveys of superlative recordings of the Indian singer Abdul Karim Khan and the music of American immigrants from the Ottoman Empire’s diaspora in the 10s and 20s, providing a long-range and palpably human view of the United States’ relationship with the people of the Middle East.
Over the past several years, he has traveled widely as a teacher and lecturer, moving between galleries, bars, coffee houses, sound-art festivals, radio (including two syndicated National Public Radio shows and one on New York’s WFMU) and academic institutions including Carnegie Mellon University, George Washington University, Maryland Institute College of Art and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Nagoski will present music from some of his favorite 78rpm discs from all over the world and tell the stories of the nearly-forgotten people who made them.