Music

Cultural Rhythms: Drums | Sesame Street

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Introduce different instruments from across South America and explore the music of a different culture.

Song: Musica | Sesame Street

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Rosita and her friends are making musica, or music, using a variety of instruments. This music video focuses on Spanish language and musical creativity.

Medieval Music: Gregorian Chant | Music Arts Toolkit

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Jeff Johnson, professor of music at the University of Kentucky, explains characteristics of Gregorian chant. Members of the UK Men’s Chorus demonstrate three performance methods—direct, antiphonal, and responsorial—and perform the Gregorian chant “Alma redemptoris mater.”

Singing the Gospel | Music Arts Toolkit

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Two gospel groups with very different styles, the Northern Kentucky Brotherhood, who sing a capella, and the Gospelway Bluegrass Singers, perform “I’ll Fly Away” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and discuss the purpose of gospel music and the influence of African-American culture on bluegrass and gospel music.

Louis Armstrong Returns to Europe | Ken Burns: Jazz

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Louis Armstrong's triumphant return to Europe.

Earth Song and Man in the Mirror | Unity - The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson

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Learn about the fusion of Pop Music and Latin Rhythms in this clip from Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson, as 37 musicians and 9 artists collaborate together to recreate Michael’s greatest hits into a Tropical Pop fusion. Earth Song and Man In The Mirror are very special songs from Michael’s repertoire because of the strong messages of the lyrics. Earth Song talks about Earth consciousness and taking care of our planet, and Man In The Mirror talks about self-reflection and making a positive change.

Lomax the Songhunter

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In Lomax the Songhunter, filmmaker Rogier Kappers seeks to tell Alan Lomax's story by interviewing friends such as Pete Seeger, combined with archival recordings of music greats Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly, and footage of the cotton fields, rock quarries and prisons where Lomax captured America’s quintessential music. Finally, Kappers followed the route that Lomax took so many years ago and traveled to remote villages in Spain and Italy, hearing memories and music from the farmers, shepherds and weavers whose songs Lomax recorded decades earlier.

Immigrant Instrument: The Mandolin | Music Arts Toolkit

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Chris Mullins, resident artist at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, discusses the background and tuning of the mandolin. Then he plays a traditional tune, “The Lost Indian,” followed by an original medley of three traditional tunes, “Red Rocking Chair,” “Cluck Old Hen,” and “Shady Grove.”

The Savoy Ballroom | Ken Burns: Jazz

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Exuberant dancing takes place at the Savoy Ballroom.

"Men With Ears": Atlantic Records's Search For Stars | Hitmakers

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Find out about the people who run record labels, and the work they do to sign artists, in this clip from Hitmakers. Record labels are sometimes said to be run by "men with ears," or people with a talent for hearing a hit song in the making, like Clive Davis or David Geffen. Craig Kallman is the current president of Atlantic Records and he has picked up that torch. He talks about his career and the origins of Atlantic Records. Kallman also talks about signing pop star Bruno Mars, who is one of his most important artists, and he explains why finding new artists motivates him.

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