THE WIDOW’S JOY an evening of lost music and stories with Ian Nagoski
Posted On February 11, 2014
Join us for The Widow’s Joy: Pride, Genius, Grief & Lies from International 78rpm Recordings, in which Ian Nagoski seamlessly presents recordings from musicians famous and obscure, “classical” and “folk” alike. Drawing from the mid-1910s to 1950s across a wide geographic area, Nagoski shares the music and stories of people marked by displacement, tragic circumstance, great opportunity, and forces of history beyond their control. In the process Nagoski shares rarely heard and often deeply touching performances—some joyous and some heartbreaking—while asking questions about the value of life and meaning of music.
“His work is so rare and important that it should almost be treated as a ritual object, a pathway to the past and a voice for ghosts of a forgotten part of American musical history.” – Nate Wooley, Sound American
“Nagoski is a Walter Benjamin visionary, using his collection of 78s to hallucinate a history that actually happened but which remains hidden beneath official dogma and nationalisms.” – Marcus Boon, The Wire
“…as essential to an understanding of American music as anything else.” – Amanda Petrusich, Pitchfork
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ian Nagoski is a music researcher, writer, and record producer based in Baltimore. Founder of Canary Records, he has released 16 LPs of early 20th century music in languages other than English as well as collections for the acclaimed Dust-to-Digital and Tompkins Square labels. Nagoski has toured and lectured widely through the eastern US and Western Europe, presenting a unique vision of music to audiences in galleries, festivals, nightclubs, and academic institutions.