Preserving Afghan Music
with Louise Pascale
About the Program
As a former Peace Corps volunteer and teacher in Afghanistan in the ‘60s, Louise Pascale delighted in the vibrant music of the Afghan culture. But as instability and political unrest took over Afghanistan in the ‘80s, Afghan music was an early casualty. Far-reaching music censorship meant mothers were no longer allowed to even hum to their babies. In the midst of those silent years, Pascale – now a music educator – recreated an Afghan music book, capturing the magic from so many years before, and journeyed overseas to return traditional music back to the Afghan children.
In this presentation, Louise will take us on her journey of bringing the music back into the hearts and souls of the people it belongs to, both in the 1980s and continuing today.
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