Friday, October 7, 2011
Ohio boasts a rich musical heritage that covers every type of the American roots music genre - from folk, bluegrass, blues and Cajun to jug band, ragtime, klezmer and traditional New Orleans-style jazz. But many Ohioans don’t know much about the music or the musicians who play it.
To bring more attention to this creative Ohio asset, the nonprofit music and education organization Roots of American Music (ROAM), in partnership with WVIZ/PBS ideastream®, has produced a one-hour TV documentary highlighting unique roots musicians from around the state. The program, First Voice Ohio, premiering Friday, October 7 at 9 p.m. on WVIZ/PBS, features performances by and interviews with 16 notable Ohio roots musicians. (Encores: Saturday, October 8 at 2:00 a.m.; Sunday, October 9 at 3:00 a.m.; Wednesday, October 12 at 4:00 a.m.; and Sunday, October16 at 6:00 p.m.)
The musicians showcased in First Voice Ohio are:
The artists, all of whom have made significant contributions to their musical genres (and a few of them in visual arts as well), were filmed in a wide variety of locations around the state, telling their stories and playing their music. An earlier version of “First Voice Ohio” was included as a selection at the 2010 Cleveland International Film Festival.
First Voice Ohio is a production of Roots of American Music, in partnership with WVIZ/PBS ideastream. The production was made possible by grants from the Ohio Arts Council, the Nord Family Foundation, the Cyrus Eaton Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Roots of American Music provides arts-integrated programs to youth and diverse communities, using traditional music, in order to enhance educational outcomes and enrich people’s lives.
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Special thanks to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College for the use of their Steinway Piano.
Production of arts and culture programming on ideastream is made possible by grants from:
The Cleveland Foundation; The Dominion Foundation; Eaton Corporation Charitable Foundation; The George Gund Foundation; The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation; The Kulas Foundation; The John P. Murphy Foundation; The Nord Family Foundation; The Corrine L. Dodero Foundation for the Arts and Sciences; and The Stroud Family Exempt Trust.
The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
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