Songs of longing and love – Recording, research and documentation project on traditional rural music in Kurdistan (Iraq)
In 2017 the ethnomusicologist and filmmaker Rolf Killius conducted research on traditional music in Kurdistan (Iraq) with the title “Songs of longing and love – recording, research and documentation project on traditional rural music in Kurdistan”. For this project lasting three to six weeks he had been granted funding from (British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI) and the British Library Traditional Music Section.
This project was based on the preliminary research in 2016. In July 2016 Rolf conducted a preliminary research for a project to document the music of some of the more remote Kurdish communities in Kurdistan. The project will be continued very soon.
From the preliminary research all audio recordings taken have been deposited at the British Library (BL), where they are available for onsite research. For the BL the researcher has also written and compiled a blog: