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'The Gypsy String Bands of Soporu, Central Transylvania: At Home and Away over Twenty Years'

*Cancelled* Please note that this lecture will not be going ahead today.

Colin Quigley

John Bird Lecture - 5 March 2013
4.30pm, Boyd Lecture Theatre, School of Music

Colin Quigley (University of Limerick, Ireland)

Musicians of the Ciurciu family of Soporu de Câmpie in Cluj county, central Romania, have long been among the most highly respected traditional ensembles in the region. As with many such village ensembles, this 'family business' has persisted through several generations and thus their music making spans a period of rapid change and concomitant transformation of their circumstances. Of particular interest in this case, some of the family remained in the United States after participating in the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival Romania Program in Washington D.C. They have only recently returned home, where I once again met with them. An account of their career from the 1980s through the present thus comprises many elements that are of general significance in the processes of musical change during this period.

Colin Quigley is course director for ethnomusicology at the University of Limerick, Ireland, and emeritus professor (ethnochoreology) at University of California Los Angeles. He held a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship at Babes Bolyai University (Cluj, Romania) in 1997–98 and was curator for the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Romania programme. He contributed a collection of Romanian materials to the EVIA digital archive at Indiana University. Publications include Close to the Floor: Irish Dance from the Boreen to Broadway (2008), Music from the Heart: Compositions of a Folk Fiddler (1995), and Close to the Floor: Folk Dance in Rural Newfoundland (1985).