Native Folk

Exploring Pathways of Appreciation

To foster an awareness and appreciation of music by listening and coming to appreciate how the diverse application of shared elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, texture and form gives rise to such diverse expressive pathways showcasing an inner beauty of the human spirit.

Here are links to music performances showing diverse styles and performance as voiced around the world; each expressing a component part of a global diverse counterpoint of cultural contrast. Enjoy yourself and do check on the links.

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"Throat Singing"

Throat singing is an art form that is virtually unknown in the West. Yet this kind of singing in various forms of voice production technique is heard through parts of China, Siberia and Arabia.

The little known art of throat singing can be heard here.

 

"Native American "Indian"

Native American singing reflects a deep spiritual awareness symbolized by the relationship between "Mother Earth" and "Father Sky".

Tradition melodies starting at a high pitch and ending  lower portray the relationship of man with the Great Spirit, Spirit of Truth and the inner self...an expression of a form of Trinity.

Click here to visit a page devoted to music of the Native American Indian.

Innuit Eskimo

 

 

For a study in contrast here is a Greenland Innuit Drum Dance

Example of the mesmerizing effects of a traditional Western Arctic Inuit drum dance by the

Kugluktuk Drum Dancers.

 

 

Australian Aboriginal

A strong case for a throat singing form Australia can be heard here. (I need to do much research on this exotic way of performing music.)

 

Here is a sample of the traditional music of the native people of Australia, the so-called Aboriginals (actually several peoples, each with their  own language), who possess a most original and beautiful culture and are the heirs of the most ancient wisdom of the world.
Enjoy this masterpiece of aboriginal folk music and the fascinating sound of the didgeridoo (the traditional aboriginal wooden "drone pipe")! This song was composed, and is performed and sung by Richard Walley, one of the greatest and most famous Australian Aboriginal composers and musicians.

 

 

   

 

Note: This site on "Global Music Appreciation" is a work in progress. Thie main purpose of being online at this point of development is to allow collaborators and friends to view the progress, make suggestions and provide comments.

You may find "scratch notes" concerning future implementaion of goals. Pages will still be partially complete or even blank.

Yet, there is still an ever-evolving growing selection of music from around the world linked too in this site. You are welcome to look, play and experience music as performed from around the world.

Sincerely

David