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Derek Piotr: ‘Building The Fieldwork Archive’
January 16 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pmFree
Folklorist Derek Piotr began archiving folksong, poetry, memories, interviews and tales in 2020. The focus of this collection is on the “non-singer”; in other words, someone with no background in musical performance but who can still relate a song or folkloric memory. In this lecture, Piotr explains his last three years of fieldwork and autoethnography, and highlights significant recordings from the Archive.
Derek Piotr is a folklorist, researcher and performer whose work focuses primarily on the human voice. His work covers practices including fieldwork, vocal performance, preservation and autoethnography; and is primarily concerned with tenderness, fragility, beauty and brutality. His work has been supported by the North Carolina Folklife Institute, The Traditional Song Forum and The Danbury Cultural Commission, and has featured on Death is Not the End and BBC.