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“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 »

Dâm-Funk to ‘Invite the Light’ at ‘Sco

Paul Mehnert
May 6, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music

“If we invite the light, it will surely come to us / If we invite the funk, it will never let us down.” These words comprise the interlude to DâmFunk’s “Junie’s Re-Transmission,” a track off of his latest LP Invite the Light. Spoken by ’70s funk star Walter “Junie” Morrison, the lyri... Read more »

Sextet to Bring Indie Folk to Cat

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
April 29, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music

Coinciding with this weekend’s Folk Fest is alternative folk pop band PHOX, which will per- form at the Cat in the Cream Saturday at 9 p.m. Hailing from Baraboo, WI, the sextet — who have been friends since high school — boasts whimsical tunes featuring exquisite, wistful vocals from singer ... Read more »

Feature Photo: Dandelion Romp

Feature Photo: Dandelion Romp

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
April 29, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Music

College first-year Adam Work, Conservatory first-year Daphne Pickens and College senior Arthur Davis of the group Wallaby Darned play a lively tune for dancers at Hales Gymnasium. The 17th annual Dandelion Romp contra dance festival kicked off Friday with a workshop for beginners. Providing blistering... Read more »

Top Conservatory Pianists Compete in Dann Competition

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
April 29, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Judges Boris Slutski from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and Steven Spooner from the University of Kansas Conservatory declared Conservatory senior Zi Xiao Li the winner of Oberlin’s Arthur Dann Piano Competition, which was held in Finney Chapel Sunday. Named in memory of a former Oberlin... Read more »

On the Record with Ana Garcia, Breakdancer

Kiana Mickles
April 29, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Music, On the Record

Ana “Rokafella” Garcia is a B-girl who fell in love with breakdancing in the 1990s and danced with hip-hop crews such as the Transformers, the Breeze Team and the New York Float Committee. She co-founded Full Circle Productions with her husband and fellow breaker Kwikstep, where they teach young dan... Read more »

Cleveland Orchestra Drags its Way to Strong Finish

Cleveland Orchestra Drags its Way to Strong Finish

Jacob Narin
April 22, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music

In a quintessentially Classical concert, The Cleveland Orchestra visited Finney Chapel Sunday with two enlightening hours of Haydn and Mozart, played to a nearly full house. Despite several imperfections and a tiring selection of typically Classical pieces, the event was ultimately worth the price of... Read more »

Cast Gives Haunting Performance of “Dido and Aeneas”

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
April 22, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, Theater & Film

With the sunset illuminating the stained glass windows of a packed Fairchild Chapel Saturday night, the stage for Dido and Aeneas seemed far removed from the rest of campus life. The opera’s overture, which showcased the baroque instruments used in the performance, immediately transported the audi... Read more »

Kweli, Hip-Hop Icon, Discusses Activism in Music

Daniella Brito
April 22, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

There weren’t any “murals of Biggie,” but Brooklyn beats reverberated off the walls of Hales Gymnasium this past Friday night as an energetic audience cheered ’90s New York hip-hop icon Talib Kweli onto the stage. Mixing lyrically powerful old-school block party hits over more recent beats, DJ... Read more »

Chakrabarti’s Beats Blend Kanye with GoldLink

Chakrabarti’s Beats Blend Kanye with GoldLink

Julian Ring, Editor-in-Chief
April 22, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

Editor's note: This article contains language that may be offensive to some readers. When College senior Robin Chakrabarti arrives at Azariah’s Café for our interview, he walks right past me. Dropping his backpack and coat in the booth next to mine, he settles in, pulling out his laptop and plug... Read more »

La Tanya Hall Named Teacher of Jazz Voice

La Tanya Hall Named Teacher of Jazz Voice

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
April 22, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

The Conservatory announced Monday that vocalist La Tanya Hall will join the Conservatory faculty as Teacher of Jazz Voice. Hall’s employment will begin in the fall and marks the first time the Conservatory has hired a vocalist for such a position, the first of its kind in the Jazz Studies depart... Read more »

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