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Date: Time Period: 1950s
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18246
Description: Leonore Lanzillotti talks about the romantic Saturday night dances at the park on 43rd Street and Greenpoint Avenue. After the war, men and women would dress up in gowns and tuxedos on the weekends to ... More
Date: Time Period: 2009
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18207
Description: On a recent Friday at noon Cosmos sat on a milk crate in front of Red Wing Shoes on Queens Boulevard. Dressed in colorful African garments, he alternated between playing drums, maracas, the flute and ... More
Date: Time Period: 2009
Subject: Music | Inspiration
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18105
Description: Michele Riganese's music is inspired by current events, her own relationships and those of others. A performer since she was seven, she likes to create heartfelt, melancholy songs infused with hope. T ... More
Date: Time Period: 2009
Subject: Music | Inspiration
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18249
Description: Michele Riganese's music is inspired by current events, her own relationships and those of others. A performer since she was seven, she likes to create heartfelt, melancholy songs infused with hope.
Date: Time Period: 2009
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18345
Description: Cosmos talks about a time when he started playing music to the rhythm of a pedestrian's walking stride. He then gives his interviewer Sabine a demonstration of how he does it. This clip was originally ... More
Date: Time Period: 2009
Subject: Sufism | Music | Technology
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18238
Description: A musician and Sunnyside resident for 25 years, Cosmos considers Sunnyside a "little oasis in the middle of New York." He discusses his music, technology, Sufism, and the comforts of home.
Date: Time Period: 2009
Subject: Music | Musicians
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18097
Description: Michele Riganese's career as a child actress took her to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. It wasn't until college that she found her real passion and decided to dedicate herself exclusively to music.
Date: Time Period: 1970-2009
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18226
Description: “I was educated in a different way,” says Greg Chavez, who was born and raised in Astoria. He dropped out of high school to travel around the world with The Shirelles, the first major American girl ba ... More
Date: Time Period: 2009
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18285
Description: To Michele Riganese, making money is secondary. She volunteers with Musicians on Call, a nonprofit organization that sends musicians to care facilities, and she intends to donate half of the money she ... More
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