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Konzert: "The Americans present: American Music - A Lecture Performance On The Pre-War Recording Era"

Amerika Haus e. V. NRW and the English Seminar of WWU Münster cordially invite you to a concert.

The Americans have performed on the Late Show with David Letterman,twice joined Grammy and Oscar winner Ryan Bingham on national tours, and played the first dance at Reese Witherspoon’s wedding. They appear throughout American Epic, a four hour primetime PBS/BBC special produced by Jack White,Robert Redford, and T Bone Burnett. The film (coming summer 2017) also features Nas, Elton John, Alabama Shakes, and Willie Nelson.

The Americans have backed up Nick Cave, Lucinda Williams, Ashley Monroe, and Devendra Banhart. They have presented their American Music program at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, the PBS Annual Meeting in Austin, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, and at numerous college

Patrick Ferris (vocals, banjo, fiddle, guitar, harmonica) has performed and researched American blues and folk music for fifteen years. As associate producer and head of research for American Epic, he spent two years unearthing undiscovered photos and documents from the surviving descendants of America’s rural music stars. He created and hosted Dark Night Blues (2005-2007), a top-rated radio program on KDVS specializing in the history of American blues and fiel drecordings. Author and critic Greil Marcus wrote in Believer magazine, “The Americans [are] led by Patrick Ferris, whose deep voice doesn't sound like Richard Manuel's but feels like it.”

Jake Faulkner (upright bass, guitar, mandolin, jug, harmonica) wrote and arranged three musical programs honoring Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music at the Roy and Edna Disney Theater at the California Institute of the Arts. He was a featured lecturer at “America Changed Through Music,” a conference on the 60th anniversary of Harry Smith’s Anthology held by the
University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Faulkner has given numerous lectures on rural American music at high schools and colleges. He has worked with producer Hal Willner (U2, Lou Reed, Elvis Costello) as an engineer andproduction assistant.

Zac Sokolow (vocals, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar), an accomplished bluegrass banjo player by the age of eleven, performs regularly with Tom Paxton, Frank Fairfield, and Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, and has accompanied John Hammond, Loudon Wainwright III, and Mike Seeger. Sokolow succeeds his family’s rich musical heritage. His great-grandfather was a Mississippi country
fiddler. His grandfather, a member of The Easy Riders, was a popular songwriter in the Greenwich Village folk scene who performed with Woody Guthrie. His father is a professional multiinstrumentalist whose authoritative instructional books on country blues guitar and bluegrass banjo are widely taught.

The band is currently touring Europe and will stop in Münster for a lecture performance on 1920s American folk and blues. The Amerika Haus e.V. NRW and the English Seminar of the WWU Münster
welcome you to join us for this free event.

Please register at https://tinyurl.com/the-americans-nrw


Ort: LWL Museum, Domplatz 10, 48143 Münster