Field Work In Focus: Vasile Chiselita
A conversation with Vasile Chiselita on his field work in northern Moldova / Bessarabia and northern Bukovina. This event is part of an on-going series presented by the Klezmer Institute (klezmerinstitute.org) and will be hosted by Christina Crowder.
Vasile Chiselita is an ethnomusicologist whose work has focused on intercultural relations within traditional music in central, eastern and south-eastern Europe. He is currently affiliated with the Institute of Cultural Heritage at the Moldovan Academy of Sciences, where he coordinates research projects and participated in a UNESCO Intangible World Heritage Project in 2013. Chiselita conducted his field work in northern Moldova / Bessarabia and northern Bukovina between 1984-2007. He has published several articles examining classification systems for Moldavian folk music and has explored the influence of Jewish culture in the folk music of Bessarabia. His article on tracing the Lemish klezmer family in Iasi and Bessarabia fills in important biographical details about an important Philadelphia klezmer family.
About the Series
Much of the European klezmer canon was collected and curated in the early twentieth century by Magid, Kiselgof, Beregovski and other members of the Russian Jewish folklore movement, but important field work continued from the 1980s through to the present. Meet some of the musicologists, musicians, folklorists and archivists who are intimately engaged with the deep work of oral transmission in musical culture. Each thematic series will feature 3-5 individual interview sessions followed by a capstone round table discussion.
Series 1: Collecting Minority Musics in Central and Eastern Europe
Join Klezmer Institute's Christina Crowder to meet the people who have conducted some of the most important field work in Jewish music in central and eastern Europe in the late twentieth century. Tune in live to ask your own questions and to participate in an intimate conversation about research with minority populations behind the Iron Curtain that puts a focus on the personal reflections and stories that don't get included in scientific papers.
Online Access Information
You will be provided a Zoom link via email 2-3 days prior to the event.