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TSQ2608_Towhatstrangeplace.15001Ian Nagoski presents his work on early 20th century recordings,in particular the project To What Strange Place; the Music of the Ottoman-American Diaspora, 1916 – 29.

Before the Golden Age of Americana on Record, immigrants from the dissolving Ottoman Empire were singing their joys and sorrows to disc in New York City.
The virtuosic musicians from Anatolia, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Levant living in the U.S. who recorded between WWI and the Depression are presented here.

The intermingled lives and musics of Christians, Jews, and Muslims represent Middle Eastern culture as it existed within the U.S. a century ago. A fascinating, new view of American Folk Music.
IAN NAGOSKI is music researcher, musician, writer, and record producer. His avocation is inspiring people who love music to love it more.
Nagoski is also a writer, who has contributed to dozens of magazines and blogs, and has traveled widely as a teacher and lecturer, moving between galleries, bars, universities, coffee houses, sound-art festivals, radio.?He is the recipient of a Kindle Foundation Muse Makers award.