D&E Students Explore Similarities Between Appalachian and Romanian Folk Music

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

TRAVELING 219 - In a public performance on Wednesday, Romanian artists joined the Appalachian Ensemble, a Davis & Elkins College student string band and dance group.

The Romanian students are participating in a year-long project exploring the connections between Appalachian and Romanian folk music. Teacher Emanuela Tulpam says there are geographical similarities between Romania and West Virginia too. “We come from Targu Jiu, which is in the Gorj district, southwest Romania, by the mountains. We have a gorge valley, as I hear you have here.”

Tulpam started getting to know her West Virginia counterparts at an opening reception for the Common Notes project, at the Clay Center last week. To help with the translation of language and music, the project brought in Liviu Debrota. He plays violin with the West Virginia symphony, and he was also born and raised in Romania before he moved to the United States.