Williamsburg Doc Project

Worlds of Music in Williamsburg DOCUMENTARY PROJECT

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This series of student-produced short documentaries celebrates the diverse array of world music traditions which are flourishing in Williamsburg.  The films highlight both community members and William & Mary students who help keep “Worlds of Music” alive in our community.

JIM’S ACCORDION BASH

Local Williamsburg resident and accordion aficionado offers some insight into the global significance of the accordion through his own experiences with the age-old instrument. Be it playing at the famous Sal’s by Victor restaurant, for the children at local school’s, jammin’ with his ‘squeeze-boxin’ buddies or even just looking for the perfect apprentice, Jim brings own brand of insight and enthusiasm to the table.

LANCE PEDIGO: CULTURAL CHAMELEON

Cultural chameleon Lance Pedigo lays down the beat in his Jewish klezmer band, Bagels and Fraylox, his traditional Irish band, Poisoned Dwarf, and as one of the leaders of the Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drums Corps. Lance talks about his musical roots and his various musical experiences, both in Williamsburg and around the world.

MABUHAY! THE PHILIPPINES IN WILLIAMSBURG

A glimpse into the musical culture of the Filipino Community, both on and off campus in Williamsburg.  The film also features a special behind-the-scenes look at the production of the Filipino American Student Association’s most popular campus event, “FASA Culture Night.”


THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO WILLIAMSBURG

Williamsburg’s gospel tradition is one which has been nurtured for years by local African American churches such as New Zion Baptist Church and First Baptist Church just over on Scotland Street. Minister and college administrator Vernon Hurte voices the harmony between generations of gospel performers ranging from the time-honored Blind Boys of Alabama to the student group Ebony Expressions. Emphasized throughout this short documentary is the power of music to spread the “good news.”

BACK TO THE BASIS

William and Mary student Salvi Mukabumwe has over 15,000 songs on his laptop.  A self-described eclectic, Salvi represents a unique blend of musical traditions ranging from reggae to hip hop to traditional African rhythms. With the deepest appreciation reserved for the music of his native Rwanda, Salvi’s musical interests and talents are a testament to the power of synthesis.

BRINGING THE EMERALD ISLE TO DOG STREET

“With any conflict, the winner writes the history books, but the loser writes the song.”  These are the words of Beau Carr, a participant in Williamsburg’s own Irish Music Session, which occurs weekly at Barnes & Noble on Duke of Gloucester Street to entertain shoppers, offer guidance to budding musicians, and generally revel in the joy of Irish music. Some claim Irish roots, others merely dream of life on the Emerald Isle, but they all have one thing in common –their passion for Irish music.  Every Monday they bring the bookstore café to life with the sweet melodies of tin whistles and fiddles—and bring a little taste of Ireland to “the ‘burg.”