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Of Pipers and Wrens

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This film explores how musicians of Brittany perceive and perpetuate their Breton identity through dance, song, instrumental music, and storytelling.
Physical formats available:
Digital formats available:
Quicktime (Pro Res)
Audio & visual:
Sound, Color

Music, like its language, strongly defines Brittany. It has been through music that Bretons have been most successful in resisting strong pressures for cultural standardization from Paris and from American media dominance. In fact, despite these pressures, Breton culture thrives today.

In many lively scenes, the film explores how musicians of Brittany proudly perpetuate their Breton heritage at home, dances, festivals, classes, contests and concerts.  Masters of the craft of all ages pass down songs, instrumental music, dance and storytelling as cultural lifeblood. Rather than resist the modern world, Bretons gladly employ the latest technologies to preserve and disseminate their heritage.

Musicians incude: Patrick Bardoul, Yves and Robert Bastard, Eugénie Duval, Annie Ebrel, Marcel Guilloux, Youebb Gwernig, Mathieu Hamon, Gilbert Hervieuz, Manel Kerjean, Yanbnig Larvor, Youenn Le Bihan, Nolùen Le Buhé, Ronan Le Corre, Teddy Molard, Yann Le Meur, Michel Toutous, Erik Marchand, Patrick Molard, Joesephine Noël, Albert Pulian, Marthe Vasallo.

Producer & director: Gei Zantzinger
Ethnomusicology: Lois V. Kuter, Ph.D.
Writer: Michael Bailey, Lois Kuter & Gei Zantzinger
Narrator: Hollis Payer
Camera: Wayne Derrick
Editor: Michael Bailey
Constant Spring Productions
Ethnomusicologist Gei Zantzinger was an independent filmmaker and student of folklore who began making films in Africa in 1966, collaborating with musicians and other notable ethnomusicologists and filmmakers. His career in the social sciences spanned nearly 50 years. Gei’s efforts resulted in a broad collection of 17 extraordinary films made between 1966 and 1997 that examine the roles that oral traditions, music and dance play in preserving and informing personal, cultural and spiritual identity in disparate communities around the world.
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