EDITOR’S NOTE: Regular Nippertown contributor Andrzej Pilarczyk has curated “A Transitional Interpretation: American Roots Music by Five Photographers,” a photographic exhibition of musicians which is on view at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls through Thursday, December 31. The exhibit features the work of Joseph Deuel, Enid Farber, Bryan Lasky and Lawrence White, in addition to Pilarczyk.
Story and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
One of the most important cultural gifts America has given the world is its unique musical heritage and its ongoing evolution across the entire musical spectrum. Like the quintessential worldview of the United States as a “melting pot,” its national musical character is filled with the cross-pollination of musical styles and genres brewed to perfection by time and modernity.
Roots-Americana, jazz, rhythm & blues, pop music, Tin Pan Alley, the blues, modern singer-songwriter folk, soul, Cajun, bluegrass, country & western, rock & roll, gospel, zydeco, doo-wop, Tejano and many other uniquely American forms of music have their roots in the tribal beats and chants of Native Americans; the historical folk, troubadour and classical idioms of European Americans; the Klezmer and Sephardic musical textures of Jewish Americans; the rhythmic forms of Latin and Caribbean Americans; the simple or complex repetitive-structures of Asian, Indian-Pakistani, Arab and Persian Americans.