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New York, NY 10003-6946
Founded over 20 years ago, the “Romans” Theatre of Kyiv is a repository of traditional Romani music. In this workshop, we will lookto Kyiv’s Romani theatre ensemble for a selection of folk and stage songs in Romani, a language that originated in India – the motherland of all Roma. Vocal techniques will be individualized to matcheach participant’s level, and we will sing together in the centuries-old Romani choral tradition.
We are delighted to get acquaintedwith Petra and her vast knowledgeof Romani music. Come for gorgeous melodies in a relaxed, fun environment. Those who are interested may even learn a Romani dance step!
We hope you join us for this special event!!
Dr. Petra Gelbart is a Romani educator, musician, scholar, and board-certified music therapist. She earned her Ph.D. in musicology/ethnomusicology at Harvard University and went on to co-found the Initiative for Romani Music at New York University before teaching at SUNY Purchase and RamapoCollege. She gives music workshops and lectures to foster families raising Romani children, as well as to the general public. Gelbart spent a decade as the lead vocalistof Via Romen, an ensemble focusing on traditional Romani music and dance along with cross-cultural adaptations. Gelbart is currently practicing developmental and rehabilitative neurologic music therapy. She is the Music Section curator for RomArchive, a forum for Romani self-representation in the arts, literature, and academic endeavors.
Official RSVP only through email – UkrainianVillageVoices@gmail.com
Playwrights Rehearsal Studios,Room 4A, 4th Floor
440 Lafayette St. (between Astor Pl. and East 4th St.), NYC 10003
$15 adults/$10 students & seniors/children free
Ukrainian Village Voices workshopsare made possible in part with public funds from the New York StateCouncil on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and theManhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
(Photo credit: TBA)