Derek Piotr is a folklorist, researcher and performer whose work focuses primarily on the human voice. His work covers practices including fieldwork, vocal performance, preservation and autoethnography; and is primarily concerned with tenderness, fragility, beauty and brutality. He has collaborated with artists including Scott Solter, Nathan Salsburg and Thomas Brinkmann across various disciplines. His work has been supported by The Traditional Song Forum and The Danbury Cultural Commission, and has featured on Death is Not the End and BBC. He recently launched the Fieldwork Archive.

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press quotes:

“hauntingly raw folk…saved from obscurity” – Boomkat
“futuristic folk music that’s incredibly accessible” – Toneshift
“highly original” – Bleep
“a restless intelligence” – PopMatters
“a deft understanding of folk traditions” – Entropy Magazine
“one-of-a-kind sound” – XLR8R

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