Gi meg banjoen!
Skuespilleren/ komikeren Steve Martin er viden kjent banjo-fanatiker, som selv spiller instrumentet mer enn habilt.
Nå er han innvolvert i et stor dukumentar-film etc.-prosjekt om instrumentet som bl.a. er opphav til vitsen »Ro fortere-jeg hører banjomusikk!«
»Give me the banjo« skal sendes for første gang på PBS denne helga. Her er en mer inngående tekst om det forestående:
“Give Me The Banjo”
Airs November 4th on PBS
The Banjo Project: The Story of America’s Instrument is a trans-media cultural odyssey: »Give Me the Banjo,« a major television documentary airing nationally on PBS in November 2011, a DVD with extra performances and scenes, a live stage/multi-media performance and a resource website that will chronicle the journey of America’s quintessential instrument—the banjo—from its African roots to the 21stcentury.
Narrated by Steve Martin, »Give Me the Banjo« brings together contemporary players in all styles—Earl Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Mike Seeger, Don Vappie and Abigail Washburn, among many others—with folklorists, historians, instrument makers and passionate amateurs to tell the story of America’s instrument in all its richness and diversity.
The 82 minutes that will air on PBS next week is only a »Pledge-Break« Snippet of the full work. What will happen to the wealth of musical and historical content that won't fit into the broadcast program? It becomes the foundation for a web-based archive and cultural gathering place for exchanging knowledge and news about the banjo, thanks to a new media grant from Mass Humanities! Over the next 18 months,The Banjo Project website will expand to include interactive features like a timeline and map of banjo history, searchable video interview and performance clips, and user-generated content.
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