A Conjoining of Ancient Song: A World Premiere Screening

A Conjoining of Ancient Song, a new documentary by Dr. Gretchen Berland and Yale School of Music professor Willie Ruff, will receive its world premiere. The half-hour Yale documentary retraces the trajectory of a rapidly eroding form of congregational singing out of Scotland and into both African American and Native American religious song traditions.

After the screening, there will be a discussion featuring Ruff, Berland, and Yale sociologist Kai Erikson. The screening and discussion will take place Monday, April 22 at 7 pm in Battell Chapel.

Mr. Ruff’s project on congregational line singing began in 2005 at a Yale conference comparing traditions in Alabama, Kentucky, and the Gaelic-speaking Free Church Presbyterians of the Scottish Highlands. This first foray resulted in three television documentaries, a feature story for NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and a 2007 conference in Muscogee Creek Nation, Oklahoma. MORE

Published April 20, 2013
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