About This Show
Music_is_inspiration is an audio and photo blog focused on sharing inspiring stories of musicians and their music.
Originally based in Washington, DC, music_is_inspiration is now interviewing musicians in PA and NY. Created by https://soundcloud.com/dylan-jk-vogt.
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Episode 8: Kelly Armor
Oct 22 15
Episode 8: Kelly Armor
Preserving, Teaching, and Performing Folk Music from around the World
Kelly Armor is from Erie, Pennsylvania and has devoted much of her life to preserving, teaching, and performing folk music from around the world. Having studied in Kenya and Tanzania during her college years, Kelly lived in rural villages and immersed herself in the countries’ culture and music. Since those days, Kelly has returned to Africa to capture over 40 hours of field recordings from the countries' musicians, in order to assist in preserving East Africa’s songs.
Kelly’s also studied folk music in the United States, traveling around the country while interpreting and performing American tunes. In addition, she’s even spent a number of weeks on the the USS Brig Niagara, the vessel that served as a flagship during the war of 1812, while learning maritime instruments and music.
Kelly now serves as Folk Art and Education Director at the Erie Art Museum. As part of her initiatives there, she's established 'Old Songs New Opportunities,' or OSNO, with a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her work with OSNO has created educational opportunities for Erie refugees. She’s trained over 60 former refugee women thus far about US education standards, enabling them to acquire jobs in Pennsylvania's education system. The program also places a strong emphasis on encouraging trainees to share their home culture with students in the classroom via their traditional songs. With over 10,000 former refugees now living in Erie, Kelly has done incredible work with individuals from Bhutan, Iraq, Sudan, Ukraine, and more, supporting them to continue spreading their traditional music and art.
Listen to the full interview with Kelly and download for FREE above. Then, hear additional audio from Kelly's interview on the m_i_i Soundcloud page.
Visit www.soundcloud.com/kelly-armor to hear more music from Old Songs New Opportunities and connect with Kelly and OSNO on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/oldsongsnewopportunities?fref=ts and Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK5lP1nChSHJivfCyNthPog. Read more about Kelly and the Erie Art Museum online at www.erieartmuseum.org/folkart/