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  • Sarah Mason, The HMC

Acoustic Cities: Music and Travel

The HMC is kicking off a new series called Acoustic Cities: Music and Travel. Correspondent Mike Long heads to Europe to turn over every stone in search of strange and beautiful melodies and the people and stories that craft them. Acoustic Cities will explore how the music of a city, village, country impacts the culture, the demographics, the politics and overall vibe of the community. The series kicks off in Copenhagen on April 10, 2017 through October 2017. He will be visiting Copenhagen, Dublin, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Transylvania, Berlin, Lisbon and Edinburgh.

Doug Shafer, American Artist and Mediterranean Master of Saz. Photo by Mike Long.

What a amazing way to start the journey -- bumping into this guy, Doug Shafer. Shafer is a Portland, Oregon musician and artist. His band, The Smut City Jellyroll Society, is a wild and crazy bunch of fun loving musicians playing blues and early jazz from the 1920’s and 1930’s.

In addition to playing music and teaching, Shafer is an exhibiting visual artist, a career that begin in the 1980s. He has also mastered the art of bookbinding and he crafts and sells the musical instrument, the Bambazoo, made from bamboo harvested from his yard.

The Smut City Jellyroll Society "Compilation"

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