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Verna Gillis audio recordings

Researcher:
Gillis, Verna  Search this
Performer:
Bronson, Audrey F.  Search this
Nevaquaya, Doc Tate, 1932-1996  Search this
Interviewee:
Guillén, Nicolás , 1902-1989  Search this
Extent:
24 Sound tape reels (Tapes VG-0001 - VG-0021 have been digitally transferred at 96kHz/24-bit with the exception of tapes VG-0018 and VG-0019. Tape VG-0018 has been transferred poorly. Tapes VG-0019, VG-0022, VG-0023, VG-0024 require conservation prior to transfer.)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Sound tape reels
Sermons
Date:
Undated, 1968-1979
Summary:
The Verna Gillis audio recordings consist of 24 open-reel tapes. The field recordings document work done by folklorist Verna Gillis in Haiti, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, and Cuba.
Scope and Contents:
The Verna Gillis audio recordings consist of 24 open-reel tapes. The field recordings document work done by folklorist Verna Gillis in Haiti, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, and Cuba between 1968-1979. Most recordings are of vodou ceremonies recorded in Haiti and church services led by Bishop Audrey F. Bronson. Also notable are performances by Comanche artist Joyce Lee "Doc" Tate Nevaquaya, an American Indian flute player.
Arrangement:
The Verna Gillis audio recordings are arranged according to numbers assigned to the open reel tapes by the RRFAC. Where more than one tape from the same day or event exists, those tapes are kept together in the overall arrangement.
Biographical / Historical:
Verna Gillis (b. 1942) is a New York-based music producer and holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology. She is known for her successful efforts to bring musicians from various immigrant communities to the forefront of the New York City music scene, helping to usher music from the Carribean, Africa, and Latin America into the mainstream of American life during the 1970s and 80s.

She was an Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College from 1974 to 1980 and at Carnegie Mellon University from 1988 to 1990.

From 1972 to 1979, Gillis recorded traditional music in Afghanistan, Iran, Kashmir, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Peru, Surinam, and Ghana.

In 1979, she opened Soundscape, a non-profit multi-cultural performance space in New York City, on west 52nd Street which she directed for the next five years. A New York Times profile from 1990 described the energy and importance of the performance space at this time: Gillis would book "lectures by the jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp, voodoo ceremonies by the Haitian ensemble Troupe Makandal, art rock by the guitarist Arto Lindsay. David Byrne, Hal Wilner and Bill Laswell of the downtown musical crowd were regular listeners. The two giants of free jazz, Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman, collaborated for the first time ever in Soundscape, playing informally together over a two-week span of 1980." [1]

Gillis had to close Soundscape in 1987 after it went too deeply into debt, but she continued to be a force in the music community of the city. Gillis began a new career managing and producing international musicians including Youssou N'dour from Senegal, Yomo Toro from Puerto Rico, Salif Keita form Mali, and Carlinhos Brown from Brazil.

Gillis produced sixteen albums on Folkways/Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, which include music from the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Haiti, Cuba, the Gambia, and Philadelphia, PA, as well as American Indian music and spoken word.

She was nominated for two GRAMMYs for her work as a producer: in 2000 for the Archie Shepp/Roswell Rudd Quartet Live in New York, and again in 2001 for Roswell Rudd's MALIcool.

[1] http://www.nytimes.com/1990/04/08/magazine/what-really-makes-new-york-work-secret-powers-verna-gillis-muse-melting-pot.html?pagewanted=all
General:
Scope and Contents notes for each tape are composed of transcribed notes from the recto and verso of tape boxes. Archivist notes are in brackets.
Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at (202) 633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.
Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for information.
Topic:
Native American flute  Search this
Church music  Search this
Vodou -- Haiti -- Rituals.  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sermons
Citation:
Verna Gillis audio recordings, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.GILLIS
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Verna Gillis audio recordings
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-cfch-gillis

Uruguay: a desalambrar! Tear Down the Fences! [sound recording]

Artist:
Viglietti, Daniel 1939-2017  Search this
Creator:
Guillén, Nicolás 1902-1989  Search this
Vallejo, César 1892-1938  Search this
García Lorca, Federico 1898-1936  Search this
Producer:
Dane, Barbara  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Uruguayans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Collections
Place:
Uruguay
Date:
1973
Topic:
Political ballads and songs  Search this
Protest songs  Search this
World music  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Local number:
Paredon 1011
Restrictions & Rights:
Access by appointment
See more items in:
Paredon Records Collection
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231602

Nicolás Guillén [sound recording] : poet laureate of revolutionary Cuba

Reader:
Guillén, Nicolás 1902-1989  Search this
Producer:
Gillis, Verna  Search this
Commentator:
Márquez, Robert  Search this
Cover designer:
Clyne, Ronald 1925-2006  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Cubans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Collections
Place:
Cuba
Date:
1982
Topic:
Spanish poetry  Search this
Oral interpretation of poetry  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Local number:
Folkways 9941
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_233162

Alusiones Africanas en la poesía de Nicolás Guillén

Author:
Augier, Angel I. 1910-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Guillén, Nicolás 1902-1989 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1969
Topic:
Cuban poetry--Themes, motives  Search this
Call number:
GN4 .E78
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_795787

The Yoruban-Cuban aesthetic : Nicolas Guillen's poetic expression : a paradigm

Author:
Purchas-Tulloch, Jean Andrea  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Guillén, Nicolás 1902-1989 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1985
1986
Topic:
Poets, Cuban  Search this
Cuban poetry  Search this
Call number:
Z3501 .C87X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_548258

Harlem, Haiti, and Havana : a comparative critical study of Langston Hughes, Jacques Roumain, Nicolás Guillén / by Martha Cobb ; [cover art by Tom Gladden]

Author:
Cobb, Martha  Search this
Subject:
Hughes, Langston 1902-1967  Search this
Roumain, Jacques 1907-1944  Search this
Guillén, Nicolás 1902-1989  Search this
Physical description:
178 p. : ports. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Literatures
Place:
America
Date:
1979
C1979
Topic:
Poetry--Black authors--History and criticism  Search this
Blacks in literature  Search this
History and criticism  Search this
Call number:
PN841.C57X 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_424987

Salute to Afro-Cuba / from the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica

Author:
African-Caribbean Institute of Jamaica  Search this
Subject:
Martí, José 1853-1895  Search this
Guillén, Nicolás 1902-1989 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
22 p. : ill. ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Cuba
Date:
1975
[1975]
Topic:
Revolutionaries  Search this
Slave insurrections  Search this
Civilization  Search this
African influences  Search this
Call number:
F1783.M38 A518 1975X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_180314

Literary expression : vehicle for transferring national feelings, retracing personal and national myths / Setor Donné Nevieto

Author:
Novieto, Setor Donné  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Guillén, Nicolás 1902-1989 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Sutherland, Efua Theodora Morgue 1924-1996 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Armah, Ayi Kwei 1939- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2012
Call number:
DT38.9.S7 I5 2012
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1030113

Literature / speech by Nicolás Guillén

Author:
Guillé́n, Nicolás 1902-1989  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Guillén, Nicolás 1902-1989  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1975
Call number:
F1861 .J277
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1050438

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