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Feature Photo: Student Composers Concert

Feature Photo: Student Composers Concert

Vida Weisblum, Managing Editor
April 8
Filed under ARTS, Music

Conservatory senior Alex Tasker plays the didgeridoo, an indigenous Australian instrument, as part of an original eight-minute-long TIMARA composition by Conservatory senior Hunter Brown. The piece, “Bent and Blunted,” was included in the Student Composers Concert that took place in Warner Concert...

Feature Photo: A Mighty Good Time

Feature Photo: A Mighty Good Time

Danny Evans and Louise Edwards
March 11
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

The High and Mighty Brass Band blasts a jazzy tune at a packed Cat in the Cream. Though the audience was sitting at the beginning of the nine-piece band’s set on Friday, nearly every attendee was standing and dancing by the end of the fun-filled performance. The HMBB boasts a sound that combin...

Askin Avoids Clichés in 30 Score

Vida Weisblum, Managing Editor
March 11
Filed under ARTS, Music, Theater & Film

College sophomore JD Askin spends most of his time in his dorm room — a cozy nook in South with a red rug, a keyboard, rainbow water speakers, a lone strand of multicolored Christmas lights and not much else. Askin, a New York City native and resident of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is a primarily...

Amanda X Outshines Sebadoh in ‘Sco Doubleheader

Danny Evans, Arts Editor
March 11
Filed under ARTS, Music

In the days leading up to indie rock band Sebadoh’s ’Sco performance Saturday, excitement among students and community members was palpable. After all, the beloved band has not, after all, played a show in the U.S. since June. However, come showtime, the ’Sco was sparsely populated and off-puttingly...

Storage Showspace Hosts Student Rockers

Storage Showspace Hosts Student Rockers

Danny Evans, Arts Editor
March 4
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

The last few years have seen a resurgence of a style of rock music characterized by unorthodox musical elements seldom found in the highly danceable, melody-oriented indie rock of the ’00s and early ’10s. Critics and fans have hailed this resurgence as an opportunity for rock music to reclaim its...

Folk Musician Sings of Childhood, Self-Love

Folk Musician Sings of Childhood, Self-Love

Daniella Brito
March 4
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

The lulling drone of pre-show chatter immediately ceased as Nakaya, cast in blue light, took the stage at the Cat in the Cream on Saturday night. She began her set with “Dear Skin,” a hauntingly mesmerizing track from her newest EP, Out of Breath. Airy acoustic guitar riffs paired with Nakaya’s echoing ...

Duphil, Oberlin Orchestra Pack Finney Chapel

Duphil, Oberlin Orchestra Pack Finney Chapel

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
March 4
Filed under ARTS, Music

t is unquestionable that Oberlin’s conservatory of music is exceptional. However, it is still thrilling to be able to experience it in person. On Saturday night, the Finney Chapel stage was packed with the Conservatory students of the Oberlin Orchestra ready to play in their first spring concert of...

Feature Photo: Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet

Feature Photo: Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet

Danny Evans and Louise Edwards
February 26
Filed under ARTS, Music

From left, pianist Sam Harris, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Justin Brown play compositional jazz at Joseph R. Clonick Recording Studio Sunday. Attendees filled the Studio past capacity, receiving the musicians — who performed as the Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet ...

Multimedia Artist Envisions Future in Debut Piece

Multimedia Artist Envisions Future in Debut Piece

Luke Nikkanen
February 26
Filed under ARTS, Music

Elysia Crampton’s Dissolution of the Sovereign: A Time Slide into the Future is a multimedia exploration of a possible future — one that is freed from the reign of a Eurocentric grasp on history and whitewashed political narratives. Her performance Saturday at Fairchild Chapel will be the debut of...

’Sco Hosts Jenkins in Anticipation of Debut Album 

’Sco Hosts Jenkins in Anticipation of Debut Album 

Paul Mehnert, Staff Writer
February 26
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

Chicago-raised rapper Mick Jenkins, who will perform at the ’Sco tonight, has skyrocketed to the forefront of underground hip-hop over the last couple of years thanks to the successes of his 2014 mixtape The Water[s] and last year’s Wave[s] EP. The show will feature opening performances by electronic mus...

Division of Contemporary Music Presents First-Year Composers

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
February 26
Filed under ARTS, Music

The Division of Contemporary Music, which encompasses the Composition and TIMARA departments, has succeeded in enrolling a cohort of exceptional first-year students. This was made clear Saturday afternoon, when students performed a recital in Fairchild Chapel. Audience members arrived in twos and threes,...

On the Record with Active Bird Community

Danny Evans, Arts Editor
February 26
Filed under ARTS, Music, On the Record

Active Bird Community formed in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY — a quaint suburb outside New York City — when the band’s members were just 11 years old. Ten years later, the now New York City-based quartet is more active than ever. Its brainy, shoegaze-influenced take on indie rock has earned praise fro...

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