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Lorain’s FireFish Spectacle Signals Restoration

Lorain’s FireFish Spectacle Signals Restoration

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
September 23, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Literature & Poetry, Music, Recent Stories, Visual Art

A giant fish paraded through the center of town, floated down the river and set on fire barely scratches the surface of the display at the second annual FireFish festival, which took place last Saturday. The city of Lorain’s downtown and boardwalk areas were transformed into thoroughfares of public art... Read more »

On the Record with Jennifer Torrence

Eilish Spear, Staff Writer
September 23, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, On the Record

Percussionist Jennifer Torrence, OC ’09, is a solo and collaborative performer based in Oslo, Norway, where she is a research fellow at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Torrence specializes in contemporary percussion writing and performance, and her recent projects include writing evening-length solo productions... Read more »

On the Record with Sullivan Fortner

On the Record with Sullivan Fortner

Eilish Spear
September 16, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, On the Record

Jazz pianist Sullivan Fortner Jr., OC ’08, returned to Oberlin this week to perform a concert with his trio Monday night and give a master class to conservatory students Tuesday afternoon. Fortner began studying music at the age of 4 and started performing in churches across his hometown of New Orleans. ... Read more »

Pioneers of Indie Rock Yo La Tengo Avoid Perspective, Expectations

Pioneers of Indie Rock Yo La Tengo Avoid Perspective, Expectations

Daniel Markus
September 16, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

Despite his band’s legacy as one of the most important acts in the history of indie rock, getting Ira Kaplan, lead singer and guitarist of Yo La Tengo, to ruminate on that history isn’t easy. “That asks for a perspective that [we] not only don’t … have, [but] I don’t even think we want,” K... Read more »

Dan Casey Adopts New Moniker, Hops Genres

Rachel Mead
September 16, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music

The music of Dan Casey, an artist defined by his ability to flip genres by adopting new monikers, has appeared online under his own name, but also as Yalls, Steezy Ray Vibes and most recently dd elle. He’ll be appearing at the Cat in the Cream tonight at 8 p.m. under his newest moniker to play a se... Read more »

Megaphones, Merriment Set Polka Concert Apart

Megaphones, Merriment Set Polka Concert Apart

Jacob Narin
September 16, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music

Chardon Polka Band hit the stage at the Cat in the Cream Wednesday with all the blustery spirit of a blaring megaphone. The motley crew of musicians, miscellaneous instruments and multitude of styles created an atmosphere of playful spontaneity that permeated each moment of this group’s unorthodox in... Read more »

Con Students Fill Music-Education Gap

Adriana Teitelbaum
September 9, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music

Spearheaded by double-degree junior Ben Steger and double-degree senior Tim Fenton, the Music Mentors Program will amp up its operation this semester. Represented by several Oberlin Conservatory students, the program offers students the opportunity to help teach music at Langston Middle School. Thoug... Read more »

Acapelicans to Cast More Inclusive Net

Victoria Garber, Arts Editor
September 2, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music

Amidst the flurry of the first week of school, the Acapelicans, formerly an all-female a capella group, are changing their designation to “non-dude.” The decision follows a group conversation over the summer about how new members might feel more welcome in a group with a more inclusive title. “Saying... Read more »

On the Record with Kirsten Docter, Violist

On the Record with Kirsten Docter, Violist

Eilish Spear
September 2, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, On the Record

Kirsten Docter, a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory herself, is joining the faculty this year as a professor of Viola and Chamber Music. Docter has won awards at both the Primrose International and American String Teachers Association Viola Competitions, and has served on the juries of the Primrose Int... Read more »

Under One Sun Catches Lightning

Under One Sun Catches Lightning

September 2, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music, Recent Stories

It’s been a long day of recording and before I’ve even managed to get out my list of questions for our interview, Jamey Haddad, professor of Advanced Improvisation and Percussion at Oberlin Conservatory, beckons me and the other members of his band over, holding a small container of an off-white... Read more »

“Fun Rock” Pioneers See Path to Fame Beyond Oberlin

“Fun Rock” Pioneers See Path to Fame Beyond Oberlin

Isabel Klein
May 6, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

There’s always that one college band everyone knows has a chance to make it big. At Oberlin, that band could be T-Rextasy. The band has already received prominent media attention from outlets like MTV and boasts a significant fan base. Singer and College sophomore Lyris Faron and bassist and College... Read more »

Students Play Bonang, Rebab Pieces in Gong Concert

Students Play Bonang, Rebab Pieces in Gong Concert

Jacob Narin
May 6, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music

Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Anthropology Jennifer Fraser introduced listeners to a blanket of unique sounds at Sunday’s End-of-Semester Indonesian Gong Ensemble Concert in Asia House’s Shipherd Lounge. The audience was treated to the only concert in the country where gamelan and talempong... Read more »

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