Unusual Crowd Turns Out for Machinedrum

Unusual Crowd Turns Out for Machinedrum

Sam Winward, Staff Writer
December 12, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Music

A surprisingly elderly crowd equipped with e-cigs and beat-up jean jackets casually awaited Travis Stewart’s ’Sco appearance, most with a brew in hand. The 32-year-old electronic music producer, known as Machinedrum, arrived in Oberlin last Wednesday night and immediately deemed the town of Oberlin... Read more »

Students Perform on Gamelan, Talempong

Students Perform on Gamelan, Talempong

Aviva Blonder, Staff Writer
December 12, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

When the audience filtered into Shipherd Lounge in Asia House this past Sunday afternoon for a concert of Indonesian gong music, only a small portion of the ensemble was present, seated on the floor and surrounded by a variety of percussive instruments. Then, once everyone had taken their seat, a shrill... Read more »

Jittakarn Delivers Polished Rhapsody in Blue

Jittakarn Delivers Polished Rhapsody in Blue

Jeremy Reynolds, Arts Editor
December 12, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Music

The Oberlin Orchestra does not recycle repertoire. In an effort to expose students to a broad array of music, Raphael Jiménez, director of the Oberlin Orchestras, has yet to program any piece more than once for either of the ensembles he directs. For the second time in his four-year tenure, however... Read more »

Choir Struggles with Timbre, Delivers Spirited Concert

Choir Struggles with Timbre, Delivers Spirited Concert

Aviva Blonder, Staff Writer
December 5, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

At its best, a choir sounds like a single homogenous instrument as opposed to many distinct voices. The Oberlin Women’s Chorale only occasionally achieved that level of cohesion during its concert on Wednesday night in Warner Concert Hall. Though the chorus sang competently, its sound was occasionally... Read more »

Feature Photo: OSteel Reclaims Finney Stage

Feature Photo: OSteel Reclaims Finney Stage

December 5, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music, Recent Stories

Joined by guest artist Leon Foster Thomas, OSteel performed on the stage of Finney Chapel for the first time in 13 years on Wednesday. OSteel continues to perform at various venues across the country in cities like Austin, New Orleans, Chicago and New York. The group celebrated its return to Finney with... Read more »

Alto Flutist, Violinist Join Guitar Ensemble for Diverse Chamber Concert

Colin Roshak, Staff Writer
December 5, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Music

The Oberlin Guitar Ensemble, contrary to what its name implies, does not exclusively consist of guitarists. The ensemble’s concert, which took place Tuesday night and was directed by Stephen Aron, featured a collection of small chamber groups including flute and violin.The groups performed a diverse... Read more »

AAAC Features Blue Scholars in Showcase

AAAC Features Blue Scholars in Showcase

Adam Chazin-Grey
November 21, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

Promoting inclusivity and self-expression is central to Blue Scholars’s mission; last Friday night, a frenzied mass of Oberlin students displayed wild enthusiasm for the pair’s vision at their ’Sco concert. The Oberlin Hip-Hop Collective and the Asia America Art Collective brought the Seattle-based... Read more »

Rapper on the Rise: GoldLink Commands ’Sco Stage

Sam Winward, Staff Writer
November 21, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Music

Whether his attempt to conceal his identity is based in humility or a calculated marketing scheme, GoldLink wants his music to speak for itself. Either way, the artist revealed a previously covert identity to an excited... Read more »

Fall OJE Concert Features Virtuosic, Lively Soloists

Fall OJE Concert Features Virtuosic, Lively Soloists

Louise Edwards, Staff Writer
November 14, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Music

The Oberlin Jazz Ensemble’s first concert of the year opened with a duel. Trombonist and Conservatory senior Lawrence Galloway and trumpeter and College junior Simon Gilbert stunned audience members with a fierce musical battle at the finale of Ben Patterson’s “No, I Don’t Fly Planes,” their... Read more »

Despite Lack of Stage Presence, SOPHIE Entertains

Despite Lack of Stage Presence, SOPHIE Entertains

Josh Blankfield
November 14, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Music

Three spotlights illuminated the ’Sco stage Friday evening as British music producer and electronic musician SOPHIE performed to a vibrant crowd. SOPHIE’s stage was equipped with a single table and three mixing pads, yet the simplicity of the scene was hardly a reflection of the audience’s wild... Read more »

Faculty, Students Join Together to Perform Stirring Chamber Music

Faculty, Students Join Together to Perform Stirring Chamber Music

Colin Roshak
November 7, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

The Brass, Piano and Percussion departments combined forces this Sunday to present a quirky program of 20th-century music. This installment of the Faculty Chamber Series took place in Warner Concert Hall and included performances of music by Lutosławski, Gershwin and Bartók. The first piece on the... Read more »

Students Give Informal Underground Concerts

Students Give Informal Underground Concerts

Brianna Di Monda
November 7, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music, Recent Stories

Burton Hall doesn’t possess a traditional performance space, but this hasn’t stopped Conservatory firstyear Garrick Olsen from organizing concerts in the basement of Burton every Thursday evening. These informal concerts are meant to provide students with a low-stress environment in which to share... Read more »