From the Serbian mountains of blood and honey to the passionate coasts of Argentina, rattling buses tearing through Thai countryside and back to sweet home Chicago, Chicago Folklore Ensemble will take you on a journey around the world atop a carpet of music and story. String quartet and storyteller come together to narrate the sounds, tastes, emotions stored in the memories of Chicago immigrant musicians.
Chicago Folklore Ensemble aims to recognize and celebrate Chicago’s elder immigrant musicians and help share and pass on their stories and musical knowledge through performances that interweave music and storytelling. We interview musicians of many ethnic backgrounds, collect their songs and stories, and adapt them into arrangements for string quartet and storyteller honoring those musicians.
Jovan Mihailović, violinist from Serbia
Alba Guerra, singer from Argentina
Baha’a Abu-Taha, singer and oud player from Jordan
Abee Mensah, keyboard player from Ghana
Phiwan Phonwiang, khaen player from Thailand