Music

Kaie Tanner, Estonian Choir Conductor, on Song & Identity

Meet Kaie Tanner, an Estonian choir leader, choral conductor and manager, who talks about the role of music in Estonian culture, and how expressing their national identity through song has been an Estonian tradition for as long as memory serves.

Kaie Tanner, Estonian Choir Conductor, on Song & Identity

Armenian Folk Song a Plea to Diaspora to Come Home

Let Srbuhi Martirosyan of Sasounik Armenia move you with a heartfelt plea for Armenian diaspora to return home. Today there are 7 million Armenians in diaspora and only 3 million living in their native land. Listen to this folk song named "Tatrakik," written by Hayrik Ghazaryan, and feel the music in your soul.

Armenian Folk Song a Plea to Diaspora to Come Home

Saaremaa, Estonia: An Island Window into the Singing Revolution

Welcome to Saaremaa, Estonia! This is Estonia’s biggest island, a place where you can explore the ruins of a Maasi fortress; Karja Church, the spa town of Kuressaare as well as get a unique view into Estonia’s fascinating history

Saaremaa, Estonia: An Island Window into the Singing Revolution

The Estonia Song Festival: Cultural Immersion in Tartu

Tartu is Estonia's 'Culture Capital', and I had come here to learn more about the Estonia Song Festival. Meet Uku and Kadi and let them guide you through the University of Tartu's 19th century Lock-Up, the Estonian National Awakening and insight into roots of Estonia's choral culture.

The Estonia Song Festival: Cultural Immersion in Tartu

Estonia's Singing Revolution & The Traditions of Seto People

Part of the singing revolution, Estonia Seto people are an ethnic minority whose land spans the southeastern Estonia and Russian borders. The Seto have incredibly rich customs that include brightly-patterned costumes, elaborate wedding traditions, their very own 'Kingdom' and spectacular festivals.

Estonia's Singing Revolution & The Traditions of  Seto People

Songs of the Seto, Estonia & the Cycle of Life

Meet the women of the Seto, Estonia and share culture through voice! Leelo singing is a tradition of the Seto people, an ethnic minority of southeastern Estonia. The members of the Leiko choir share their time-honored traditions

Songs of the Seto, Estonia & the Cycle of Life

The Soul Queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas on Gospel Music & the Gifts of Growing Up

Irma Thomas is known as the "Soul Queen of New Orleans." This Irma Thomas Interview sheds light on her love of her hometown Nawlins and Gospel music, and reveals her surprising start in the music business, the impact of Katrina, and what it was like to be the Queen of the Krewe du Vieux during Carnival.

The Soul Queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas on Gospel Music & the Gifts of Growing Up

Seto Leelo Choir of Varska Estonia

Enjoy folk and ethnic music? Click video link to listen to the traditional sounds of the Seto people of southeastern Estonia! Their leelo singing is an ancient polyphonic style of music that is part of Estonian heritage and has been recognized by UNESCO as an item of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Seto Leelo Choir of Varska Estonia

Merida Music Museum Youth Concert Rehearsal

Catch a rehearsal by a youth group preparing for a concert at the Merida Music Museum. This Yucatecan piece is conducted by José Luis Chan Sabido, Director General y Artístico de la Vienna Music & Art Academy-Yucatán. Mérida is the vibrant capital of the Yucatán and has a rich Mayan and colonial heritage. 

Merida Music Museum Youth Concert Rehearsal

Rafael Carvalho on the Viola da Terra & Traditional Music of the Azores

Learn about traditional Azorean music, its chief instrument the Viola de Terra, and Rafael's role in reviving Azorean roots music, almost extinguished by Fascism. Get a glimpse of the history behind the music's diversity and improvisation, and the faith & festivals of the Azorean lifestyle.

Rafael Carvalho on the Viola da Terra & Traditional Music of the Azores