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Femme Musicians of Color Confront White Male Industry Dominance

Femme Musicians of Color Confront White Male Industry Dominance

Sam Spacassi, Staff writer
February 24
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

When people think of electronic music, their minds often go reflexively to a handful of middle-of-the-road, white male DJs and producers such as Diplo, Calvin Harris or David Guetta. One group on Oberlin’s campus, Femme Artists Breaking Boundaries, founded last year by College juniors Rayna Holmes ...

Cole to Lead Oberlin Orchestra in Classical, Contemporary Show

Ivan Aidun, Staff writer
February 24
Filed under ARTS, Music

A thought-provoking mixture of contemporary and classical music awaits listeners at the Oberlin Orchestra concert tomorrow in Finney Chapel. The program includes two pieces written in the last 20 years — the 2003 Violin Concerto by Israeli-American composer Shulamit Ran, performed by Concerto Comp...

“Inflatable Trio” Navigates Complex Soundscape

“Inflatable Trio” Navigates Complex Soundscape

Victoria Garber, Arts Editor
February 17
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Music, Recent Stories

The Dance department held an in-progress showing of Inflatable Trio, a collaboration between dancer and director Lionel Popkin, OC ’92, and TIMARA Professor Tom Lopez, OC ’89, as well as dancers Samantha Mohr and Carolyn Hall, OC ’91, Monday night in Warner Hall’s dance studio. The ensemble will pr...

Faculty, Guests to Perform Collaborative Electroacoustic Pieces

Gillian Pasley
February 17
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

The TIMARA basement is uncharted territory for many Oberlin students, even those who frequent the Conservatory. Known for pushing the boundaries of electroacoustic composition and experimental performance, the department is internationally recognized for its impact on the history of electronic music — it ...

On the Record with Musicologist Maria Williams

On the Record with Musicologist Maria Williams

Olive Sherman and Owen Ellerkamp
February 17
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Music, On the Record

Professor Maria Williams was born and raised in Anchorage, AK. She received a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from University of California, Los Angeles and currently directs the Department of Alaska Native Studies at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, where she teaches courses in Alaska Native and world...

Birenbaum Performance Space Opens in Hotel

Birenbaum Performance Space Opens in Hotel

Eilish Spear, Staff writer
February 10
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Dozens of students, faculty and community members descended upon the new Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center to attend the Jan. 23 inaugural concert in the Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space, the experimental new venue on campus. The intimate, modern space occupies a subterranean room filled with s...

On The Record With Aoife O’Donovan

On The Record With Aoife O’Donovan

Brendan Eprile, Staff writer
February 10
Filed under ARTS, Music, On the Record

Irish-American singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan, who graduated from New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation department in 2003, has made her career touring and recording both solo and with other artists, including members of the Punch Brothers. Lead singer for bluegrass-folk band Crooked Sti...

On The Record with TIMARA Professor Peter Swendsen

On The Record with TIMARA Professor Peter Swendsen

Victoria Garber, Arts Editor
February 3
Filed under ARTS, Music, On the Record

Associate Professor of Computer Music and Digital Arts Peter Swendsen, OC ’99, spent Winter Term in Norway performing his new hour-long, fixed-media piece What Noises Remain with percussionist Jennifer Torrence, OC ’09. Swendsen, who also holds an M.F.A. from Mills College Center for Contemporary...

Student Composers Premiere Accessible, Enjoyable Electroacoustic Music

Student Composers Premiere Accessible, Enjoyable Electroacoustic Music

Daniel Markus, Arts Editor
February 3
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

With the lights off and many audience members’ eyes closed, the speakers in the David H. Stull Recital Hall growled to life, unleashing a fizzing array of overlapping synth sounds. The various beeps and hums that followed comprised College first-year Fox Milenski’s “The Floor Shatters Beneath Me,...

Musicians Perform Winter Tours

Sam Spacassi, Staff Writer
February 3
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Many Oberlin students spend Winter Term taking classes, interning at a nonprofit or learning a new instrument. But for student musicians, January presents the perfect opportunity to go on a short tour, as several student bands did this year. College seniors Emma Blackman and Rob Jamner are members...

Music Activism Makes Waves at Oberlin, Beyond

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
December 9
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Since the founding of Oberlin Conservatory in 1865, music has been one of the Oberlin community’s most powerful attributes. Now, with sociopolitical tensions from Standing Rock, ND, to the White House coming to a head, music stands to join both faculty-led and student organized conversations and movements...

Professor Duo Bows Brahms, Shares Bows

Professor Duo Bows Brahms, Shares Bows

Eilish Spear, Staff Writer
December 9
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

The Oberlin Orchestra will take the stage in Finney Chapel to perform its final concert of the semester tonight at 8 p.m. With a program featuring selections from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet, as well as Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, which features Conservator...

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