New Orleans’ “collectively self-authored culture,” moving between tradition and improvisation, will be paramount to the conservation and creolization of the city’s music and culture. Featuring an interview by Spitzer with Professor Michael White, a musician and historian of jazz.
“Rebuilding the “Land of Dreams”: Expressive Culture and New Orleans’ Authentic Future,” a presentation by Nick Spitzer
Published on August 29, 2006
Folklorist Nick Spitzer, host of Public Radio International’s American Routes, discusses the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans musicians and craftspeople and argues for their central role in rebuilding the city. He considers a repertory of New Orleans music filled with references to the city’s geography and past natural disasters, illustrating how contemporary musicians revisit and revise tradition.