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City Paper features Adriana Helbig, Carpathian Music Ensemble

The City Paper features the music department's new Assistant professor in ethnomusicology Adriana Helbig  in this week's edition.
Helbig's dissertation involved an Everything Is Illuminated-style journey to the Ukraine to study how the Roma culture was coping with both the collapse of the USSR and Soros-funded grants flowing into regional NGOs. Roaming with a guitar from village to village, "I integrated myself with people who were the poorest and had fallen through the cracks," she says. "With festivals happening, there was a revival of the culture, but only [among] a closed circuit of people, which led to corruption and a restructuring of the Gypsy society."
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