ARTscope • January 2018
Barn Dances in Union City

Four times a year a local musician organizes an old-time dance in his barn. Barry Smith, banjo player with the Tiger Maple String Band, wanted a way to bring people together and honor America’s folk music and dance traditions. Contra and square dances are highly social and participatory. Musicians play old-time tunes, mostly fiddle-driven music of the Appalachian mountains, and a caller leads the dancers through a simple sequence of steps. Read more

ARTscope • May 2017
Gyan Ghising and the Tamang Damphu

Erie’s Bhutanese community is multi-ethnic and multi-religious. One subset of this group are the Tamang, whose homeland is in the Himalayan regions of India and Nepal. The Tamang people are primarily Buddhist, and were known for their equine skills. The name literally means ta (horse) and mang (spirit). Read more

ARTscope • January 2017
Shreelina Ghosh

Shreelina Ghosh, a professor in Gannon University’s English Department, is a master practitioner of Odissi, one of seven forms of Indian Classical Dance developed over 2000 years ago as a form of Hindu devotion.  All seven forms of this dance tradition based their theories and practice upon the Natya Shastra, an ancient Sanskrit document. This poetic text describes the proper integration of music, costume, and dance for the purpose of transporting the performers and audience to a higher state of consciousness. Read more

ARTscope October 2016
Gyan Tamang

Gyan Ghising is a folk artist who specializes in the traditional dance and music of his native Nepali-Bhutanese culture. He was an artist-in-residence at the Barber National Institute in May, where he deftly used music to calm, focus, and engage a variety of special needs students. Read more

Artscope: September 2015
Honda DouDou Manengu

The Congolese vocalist and composer Honda DouDou Manengu is a well-known gospel singer in Swahili-speaking East Africa. His tradition rises from a fusion of historic hymns that were spread throughout Africa by missionaries, mixed with traditional African indigenous rhythms and Western harmonic trends. East African Christian choirs, like their American counterparts, serve a social function, but unlike most American church choirs, they often create music videos and recordings to sell. Choir competitions are an important part of Christian culture in East Africa and they not only inspire choirs to practice, but they help disseminate and inspire new compositions. Read more