After thirty years in the American melting pot, a stellar set of artists (the NY Crimean Tatar Ensemble, Bukharian master of the shashmaqam tradition Roshel Rubinov) and community organizers (Nariman Asanov of the Association of Crimean Turks and Manashe Khaimov of the Sephardic American Mizrahi Initiative) take time out to take stock of the American experience. During a live roundtable and pre-recorded concert, these remarkable artists and organizers explore the following questions:
- How do the challenges of sustaining tradition in the United States compare with those during the Soviet Union?
- How and why have younger generations with roots in the boroughs learned from their first-generations with roots far away in the homeland?
- What aspects of traditional music and dance make it possible or difficult for youth to learn in the American context?