Saturday, I had a chance to visit the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which ended yesterday. If you've never been, the Folklife Festival is a huge outdoor event featuring food, crafts, dance, talks, demonstrations, and (of course) music. As I mentioned in last week's blog post, this year's two featured countries were China and Kenya. Here's some short glimpses of what I saw:
1. Musical marionettes
|Not your mother's lonely goatherd...|
If you look closely at the marionettes in the picture above, you'll see that they are playing instruments, too—and the puppeteers were very good about playing when their corresponding instrument was playing.
2. Inner Mongolian awesomeness
|This guys were...cool.|
3. Dancing with a mouth organ
|American marching bands need these|
4. Kenyan (rock?)
|They got mad at you if you didn't dance|
It's a shame more people can't visit the festival, as it can be a very eye-opening event. Hopefully, I'll be able to attend another one myself in some future year.
Vocab: pipa, ornamentation, texture, heterophony, overtone, lusheng
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