Chicago Folklore Ensemble

Crossing Borders Through Music And Story

Interweaving World Music And Oral History

Learning From Immigrant Musicians

We study with master musicians, gathering songs and stories and learning musical styles from around the world.

Making Original Arrangements

We create our own repertoire by interweaving the music and stories we gather, arranging dramatic pieces that feature simultaneous music and storytelling.

Presenting High Quality Performances

We work with accomplished professional artists to captivate audiences with beautiful shows that celebrate world cultures.

Bringing People Together

Throughout the process, our work is based on values of inclusivity and diversity. Our goal is to build interaction and understanding among Chicago’s diverse communities and cultures.

THE WORLD IN CHICAGO: BOOK AND CD
Songs and stories of musicians who immigrated to Chicago from Argentina, Thailand, Jordan, Ghana, and Serbia.

Our Works

WHERE RIVERS MEET

Stories and songs from masters of Arabic music
Premiered 2017

Where Rivers Meet is a show of Arabic music and storytelling that takes listeners down the rivers of the Middle East. String ensemble and storyteller accompany master musicians from Iraq, Egypt, and Palestine who share melodies and memories passed down in song and story.

FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY

Folktales about the earth and traditional music from around the world
Premiered 2016

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Follow the Butterfly is a fun and interactive show for kids and families. String ensemble and storyteller present international folktales with themes of respecting nature and caring for the earth. Each tale is accompanied by traditional music from its respective region – Nigeria, Thailand, the United States, India, and the Amazon Rainforest.

THE WORLD IN CHICAGO

Music and stories collected from Chicago immigrant musicians
Premiered 2015

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The World in Chicago is a show that celebrates immigrant musicians in Chicago. String quartet and storyteller present traditional music and moving personal stories of master musicians from Jordan, Ghana, Argentina, Thailand, and Serbia.

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