Magazine article New Internationalist

Folk Songs for the Five Points

Magazine article New Internationalist

Folk Songs for the Five Points

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Music

Folk Songs for the Five Points

by David Gunn and Victor Gama (Lower East Side Tenement Museum TM1 CD)

The Five Points (historic focal point of Scorsese's film Gangs of New York) no longer exist. Instead, this area in lower Manhattan has become known by other names: Loisaida, Chinatown, Kleindeutschland, Little Italy, the Lower East Side. It's this history, one of a city shaped by immigrant memory and musical culture, that Victor Gama and David Gunn raise, as if spirits from the past, to create their Folk Songs for the Five Points. Folk songs for these experimental artists are truly the malleable material of the people.

The FolkSongs project, of which this album is the record, began life at New York's Tenement Museum where Gunn was digital artist in residence. He got together with Gama - an Angolan-Portuguese composer whose approach to music involves creating his own instruments to contextualize sound as part of an interactive universe. …

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