To What Strange Place: The Music of the Ottoman​-​American Diaspora, 1916​-​30

by Canary Records

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about

Download includes 13 page booklet of notes, track-by-track.
Before the "Golden Age" of Americana on record, immigrants from the dissolving Ottoman Empire were singing their joys and sorrows to disc in New York City. The virtuosic musicians from Anatolia, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Levant living in the U.S. who recorded between WWI and the Depression are presented here, across two hours of music, along with an additional near-hour of masterpieces they imported as memories on shellac-and-stone. The intermingled lives and musics of Christians, Jew, and Muslims represent Near Eastern culture as it exists within the U.S. a century ago.

credits

released September 25, 2015

Compilation, sound transfer and restoration, and notes by Ian Nagoski.
Released at a 3CD set in 2011 by Tompkins Square. With many thanks to Josh Rosenthal for making this download release available. An edited version was released as 3 LPs by Mississippi Records.

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