choral conductor ~ voice teacher ~ singer ~ lecturer
Talkin’ Folklore Center: The Life of Izzy Young
Produced by Rebecca Seeman and Tamsin Orion, Tamzina Films
Talkin Folklore Center is a feature length documentary film that looks at folk music through the eyes of the impresario Israel G. Young. As the proprietor of the Folklore Center in Greenwich Village from the late 1960s to the early 70s, Izzy produced the first New York concerts of folk music legends Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Tim Buckley, Emmylou Harris, and many more. As a member of the Friends of Old Time Music, he was directly involved with bringing the heroes of blues and southern music to New York for the first time, directly influencing the rock-in-roll movement in the U.S. and England in the late 60s and early 70s. Never in it for the money, Izzy moved to Sweden when the American scene started to become commercial in the early 70s, and he still devotes his life to putting on folk music concerts of all stripes in Stockholm. This colorful film will feature interviews and music with many of the standout figures of folk music from the 60s and today, both in the U.S. and in Sweden, including Steve Earle, David Grisman, John Sebastian, Happy Traum, David Bromberg, Stefan Grossman, Jim Kweskin, Olov Johansson, John Cohen, Terri Thal, and the late Suze Rotolo. We were fortunate to meet the late great Pete Seeger in one of his final interviews.
©2020 Rebecca Petra Naomi Seeman