Re: [Slovak-World] Niece's School report
- Yep... that has been going on for years.
The discos are fun- and being a DJ in Central Europe is a different mindset than being a DJ here in the US. Check out the Italian Gigi D'Agostino, for example. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yey3JWKMlcE
Slovak rap also (thank you to Martin for having the link on his page!) is a very different animal than rap here- I would go so far as to say that the social issues and mindset in Slovak and Czech rap today is what rappers had in the 80's and 90's here. I have to add that this is HARDLY a step back... I find thier rap, when it says something (Kontrafakt or Rytmus is outstanding at this) to be much more meaningful than the American rap of today.
(sorry about the rough language.)
Jazz in Slovakia is a constant- but jazz lends itself to part of the Slovak musical mindset through improvisation.
Slovak folklor has set melodies (noty- in folklor circles), just as jazz has what is called the "head." This is the part that everyone knows- like "Maceko:" Almost any Slovak knows the words and especially the "nota" for this song.... "Isiel Macek do Malacek..." But... the players get thier names for the IMPROVIZATION around this melody! Same as Jazz. The fujara... well, that is a very small portion of Slovak folk- but this is the exemplar of improv- these guys all play pistalka, koncovka as well as fujara- and usually each equally well. You know who is playing by his improvisations- there are "cifry (riffs)" that tell you who he is, where he is from, and also give you an idea of his skill. This is on ALL THREE INSTRUMENTS! Remember, even the "simple" people that played fujara- like Jozef Rybar and Jozef Durica- were accomplished musicians on other instruments as well. Jozef Rybar played a good violin, and Jozef Durica played clarinet and
tarogato. So you see, jazz is not a big surprise at all. :-) Bratislava hosts a Jazz festival every year. Here is a youTube example of a pistalkar/fujaras doing what he does...
(thank you Vladi Linder for putting this up...)
Let's not forget the VERY active "ars musica" that is in Slovakia as well- classical music thrives both here and also in the Czech Republic. I will point here to one Czech singer- a great singer that is loved both in Slovakia and in the CZ: Lucia Bila. National Orchestras in both countries are very active- and here is an example of Lucka Bila:
Pop music- Well.... :-) It too is very active. Here are some examples, as words just don't describe it:
and one more... :-)
Ok... so much for the Slovak music lesson. I will put fujara stuff in the "files" section.
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- Unfortunately these numbers are very misleading. Under "infant mortality", the US includes in its reporting every birth where the infant shows any signs of life at all for any length of time at all after birth, while other countries do not count infants who are below a certain weight or size or term. In some countries, cases of infant mortality can be shifted to stillbirths or miscarriages, or the death is shifted to the 13th month instead of the 12th, so the hospital needn't report it as an "infant" death. So you need to make adjustments to the figures to make any meaningful comparison across countries.
Here's one UNICEF scholarly paper from 2003, discussing Eastern and Central European models of reporting on infant mortality:
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> Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2009 1:10 AM
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> Subject: [Slovak-World] Re: OECD- How do we rate in child health?
> I imagine this is no surprise to you, Ben, as the US has historically
> lagged behind many of the other advanced countries in both child
> mortality and life span. To me this indicates a very mediocre
> performance on out part. Teenage pregnancy is another area where we
> lag - or lead, if you prefer.
> All added together, it seems we talk a lot and express a lot of pride
> in the US health, but we fall short in performance.
> one graphic comparison from the US CDC
> there are many more graphs you can find to cut down on volumes of
> reading to find the data you are looking for; searching on
> google.images makes it a quick job.
> --- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, Ben Sorensen <cerrunos1@...>
> > I just found this- and thought I would post. It does compare us to
> Slovakia- as we, along side Slovakia, top the charts in infant
> mortality. We are JUST behind Slovakia- making us the fourth worst!
> > There is more, but I won't spoil it for you....
> > Ben