Our Time, Our History featuring Jay Cravath, Ph.D. presented by Sounds of Kingman at the Mohave Museum of History & Arts. Free to the public, brought to you in cooperation with AZ Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.
This Month is - The Ballad of Arizona by Jay Cravath An exploration of how cowboy music both informed and entertained as well as shared news and stories across the west and followed the great tradition of balladeers throughout history.
At the Mohave Museum of History and Arts (400 W. Beale St.)in Historic Downtown Kingman.
An hour long presentation starting at 1:00pm until 2:00pm.
For more information go to: www.soundsofkingman.com/
January 24, 2015 A Road Scholars presentation
The Ballad of Arizona The phrase, “To sing that story so that all might know,” rings true in Arizona’s history during its quest for statehood. Using an interactive format of slides, video, live music and dance, this presentation explores the enduring importance of the ballad. It is in the style of the Iliad, sung around Achaean campfires before Homer codified it. For cowboys and other pioneers who did not read, the ballad both informed and entertained. Ballads cloak news and stories in music as a means of helping memorization. Dr. Craváth tours this most important song form—from the ancients, through the troubadours and into our own back yard—including Mexican corridos, and political broadsides.
Jay Craváth, Ph.D. Jay Craváth is a composer, writer, and scholar in the field of music and American Indian studies. Dr. Craváth crafts programs from these interests into interactive discussions that include stories, musical performance, and dance. His most recent publication is: The Mohave Book for Little Ones.