Between the Anatolian Genocide and the Great Depression, the Ottoman diaspora settled in midtown Manhattan, and recorded nostalgic songs of home. Despite crackle and hiss, the fiddles and clarinets still live, resisting but assimilating with rival American traditions. A third disc, of contemporary music from the Ottoman homeland, demonstrates how far the diaspora had travelled.

Various Artists

To What Strange Place

(Tompkins Square)

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