Dr Salvatore Rossano, an adjunct research fellow in ethnomusicology and musicology in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, has been awarded the 2018 National Folk Fellowship.
About the fellowship
The National Folk Fellowship is a significant award that brings together the research and performance components of folk music in Australia, providing a rich musical context to our cultural heritage, breathing new life into rarely-heard music from our past, and sharing songs with a whole new generation of Australian audiences.
The National Folk Fellowship, jointly offered by the National Folk Festival and the National Library of Australia, will give Dr Rossano access to the most significant folklore and related collections in Australia, through the National Library collections.
What Salvatore will do
Salvatore will analyse existing sound recordings of early folk music as interpreted by Italian migrants, map the journey of Italian music in Australia, and create a showcase performance of selected songs and stories re-imagined in a contemporary style to be performed at the National Folk Festival in Canberra next Easter 29 March–2 April 2018.