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RESPECT THE BEAT

Music  Cultural Studies 

This second video from the "Journey in Music" series chronicles the philosophy, history, and techniques of percussion instruments, focusing on drums and other musical instruments from West Africa, the Caribbean, Japan and India.

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JOURNEY OF STRINGS

Short Films  Music  Cultural Studies 

This first video from the "Journey in Music" series surveys the history and musical heritage of string instruments, from ancient times to the present day, including string instruments from China (Zheng), Iran (Santuri), Greece (Bouzuki) and Spain (Guitar), among others, and concludes with an unusual jam session featuring all of these classic instruments.

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SEE YOU IN HELL, BLIND BOY

Music  Cultural Studies  American Studies  African-American Studies 

This video traces the forgotten roots and celebrates the continuing legacy of Blues music in the Mississippi Delta, interweaving rare archival footage of the South's sharecropping era with performances by Blues veterans Muddy Waters, Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James and Howlin' Wolf.

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QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME

Music  Europe  Directed by Women 

This video features a performance of French composer Olivier Messiaen's famous quartet by The Houston Symphony Chamber Players under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach (piano), accompanied by Eric Halen (violin), Desmond Hoebig (cello) and David Peck (clarinet).

VERSO NEGRO: Black Verse Poetry of the Spanish Caribbean
VERSO NEGRO: Black Verse Poetry of the Spanish Caribbean

Spanish Language  Puerto Rican Studies  Performing Arts  Music  Literature  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  Directed by Women 

Featuring poetry performances that often resemble contemporary rap, this film examines an important aspect of Afro-Caribbean cultural heritage.

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A BAILAR!: THE JOURNEY OF A LATIN DANCE COMPANY

Sociology  Performing Arts  Music  Latino Studies  Dance  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Tells the story of Eddie Torres, who recruits the best of New York's salseros-Hispanic club and street dancers-and, with the musical collaboration of Tito Puente, molds them into a professional dance troupe.

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TWO FOR BALLET

Performing Arts  Music  Dance 

This behind-the-scenes documentary examines the working relationship of choreographer Eric Hyrst and composer Webster Young, observes Hyrst's rehearsals with the dancers and features excerpts from several of the ballets.

BASIL POLEDOURIS: HIS LIFE AND MUSIC
BASIL POLEDOURIS: HIS LIFE AND MUSIC

Music  Cinema Studies  American Studies 

This biographical video traces the career of one of Hollywood's most successful composers of film and television scores, including Conan the Barbarian, Robocop and Starship Troopers

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