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The Valerie Estes Memorial Lecture and Performance: “Echoes of the Great Catastrophe: Re-Sounding Anatolian Greekness in Diaspora,” by Panayotis (Paddy) League
In this talk, Professor Panayotis League explores the legacy of the “Great Catastrophe”—the death and expulsion from Turkey of 1.5 million Greek Christians following the Greco-Turkish War of 1919–1922—through the music and dance practices of Greek refugees and their descendants over the last one hundred years. Drawing on original ethnographic research conducted in Greece (on the island of Lesvos in particular) and in the Greater Boston area, Dr. League will analyze handwritten music manuscripts, homemade audio recordings, and contemporary live performances, tracing the routes of repertoire and style over generations and back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean and investigating ways that the particular musical traditions of the Anatolian Greek community have contributed to their understanding of their place in the global Greek diaspora and the wider post-Ottoman world.
The lecture will be followed by a concert drawing on Dr. League‘s lifelong immersion in Greek traditions, exploring intertextual relationships between songs from the Greek Aegean islands and associated poetry, performed on laouto (steel-string lute), guitar, and tsambouna (goatskin bagpipe).
Panayotis (Paddy) League (Professor of Musicology & Director of the Center for Music of the Americas, Florida State University) is a musicologist, author, performer, and composer specializing in the traditional music, dance, and oral poetry of the Greek islands, Brazil, and Ireland – as well as the electric guitar music of the American South. His research has been published in several leading academic journals and his first monograph, Echoes of the Great Catastrophe: Re-Sounding Anatolian Greekness in Diaspora, which focuses on the legacy of Late Ottoman intercommunality in the music and dance practices of Greek refugees and their descendants, was published in 2021 by University of Michigan Press.
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