KONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOSTS FREE MUSIC PRESERVATION WORKSHOP AT PRIVATEERS COVE
John Troutman, curator of American music at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History, will lead this workshop
Kona Historical Society is pleased to announce John Troutman, the curator of American Music from the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History, will lead a workshop about the preservation of music and music traditions 8:30am Friday, June 21, 2019 at Privateer’s Cove in Kailua Kona. Hawaii Museums Association will sponsor refreshments and light breakfast at the start of the event.
John Troutman is the author of “Kīkā Kila, How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music,” and “Indian Blues: American Indians and the Politics of Music, 1879-1934.” Kīkā Kila has won five book awards, including the Organization of American Historians' Lawrence W. Levine Award for the "Best Book in American Cultural History," the IASPM-US Woody Guthrie Award for the "most outstanding book on popular music," and the American Musicological Society's Music in American Culture Award. Troutman's essays have been featured in several anthologies, magazines, and journals.
He is the project director of the museum's forthcoming major exhibition on American entertainment, and has served as exhibit curator or coordinator for several exhibits, including most recently Sounding American Music , and an installation for the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana. He recently served as a consultant on American Epic, a Robert Redford/ Jack White/ T-Bone Burnett executive-produced PBS/BBC documentary on American music, and is featured on the prize-winning Rezolution Pictures documentary, Rumble: the Indians Who Rocked the World. As a national speaker, Troutman has been interviewed on several media outlets and has delivered invited public talks at institutions and universities throughout the country.