Before the Golden Age of Americana on Record, immigrants from the dissolving Ottoman Empire were singing their joys and sorrows to disc in New York City. The virtuosic musicians from Anatolia, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Levant living in the U.S. who recorded between WWI and the Depression are presented here across two discs, along with a third disc of masterpieces they imported as memories on shellac-and-stone. The intermingled lives and musics of Christians, Jews, and Muslims represent Middle Eastern culture as it existed within the U.S. a century ago.
Ian Nagoski is music researcher, musician, writer and record producer. His avocation is inspiring people who love music to love it more. In 2007 Ian released ‘Black Mirror’, a collection of gripping folk and devotional music recorded between 1918 and 1954 in Syria, Bali, Scotland, Yugoslavia, Cameroon, and a dozen or so other countries. It was released on Grammy-winning label Dust-to-Digital. Nagoski followed Black Mirror with two more international collections ‘A String of Pearls, Brass Pins & Match Heads’ for his own Canary
imprint, as well as an LP of the under-recognized and brilliant 1920s Greek singer Marika Papagika.