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‘Swimming in Dark Waters’ Powerful, if Repetitive

‘Swimming in Dark Waters’ Powerful, if Repetitive

Julian Ring, Editor-in-Chief
February 26
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

“There’s been a lot of negativity,”Rhiannon Giddens, OC ’00, acknowledged toward the end of her Saturday night set. “But this is Oberlin. We ain’t watering none of this down.” Giddens and her collaborators — singer-guitarist Bhi Bhiman and singer and multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla...

Con Opens Doors to College Musicians with New Jazz Ensemble

Sam Rueckert
February 19
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

As an aspiring musician who has recently committed to taking every possible musical opportunity, I now realize that I have very little experience with auditioning. Yesterday I went to my second real audition since I’ve gotten to Oberlin. My friend Justin invited me to audition to drum in a jazz...

Feature Photo: Melodies of the Soul

Feature Photo: Melodies of the Soul

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
February 19
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Double-degree sophomore Raffi Boden on cello, Conservatory sophomore Max Weiner on bass, double-degree sophomore Theo Rosenfeld on saxophone, Conservatory junior Zoe Cutler on trombone and double-degree senior Emily Kuhn on trumpet perform at the Cat in the Cream. On Tuesday, the Jewish Art Collecti...

Terada, Huckaby Versatile in Lengthy Electronic Sets

Terada, Huckaby Versatile in Lengthy Electronic Sets

Danny Evans, Arts Editor
February 19
Filed under ARTS, Music

Soichi Terada is best known for scoring classic video games like Ape Escape, but no one would have ever guessed that based on the sheer amount of energy and dancing at the ’Sco during his set last Saturday. The Tokyo electronic musician proved that his production and DJ skills extend far beyond the worl...

On the Record with Francesca Blanchard, Singer-Songwriter

On the Record with Francesca Blanchard, Singer-Songwriter

Danny Evans, Arts Editor
February 12
Filed under ARTS, Music, On the Record

French singer-songwriter Francesca Blanchard has received praise from a number of publications, including Seven Days, for her signature brand of acoustic folk music, which incorporates influences of jazz and rock ’n’ roll. Fresh off her most recent LP, deux visions, released last October, Blancha...

Okoye Returns to Oberlin with Harriet Tubman Opera

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
February 12
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

At the end of the opera Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom, performed last Saturday in Finney Chapel, the audience rose in a standing ovation. Over the course of an hour, the show’s 10-member cast and chorus told the story of Tubman’s life, from her childhood of slavery to her w...

Feature Photo: SYNTHESTHESIA

Feature Photo: SYNTHESTHESIA

Danny Evans and Louise Edwards
February 12
Filed under ARTS, Music

College junior Harley Foos, left, and College sophomore Claire Kotarski experiment with synthesizers at Studio B at SYNTHESTHESIA last Sunday. The WOBC-affiliated organization Live From Studio B hosted SYNTHESTHESIA to create a space for students to improvise together. Whether students owned electronic...

Jlin to Play ’Sco for First U.S. Show Since U.K. Tour

Jlin to Play ’Sco for First U.S. Show Since U.K. Tour

Paul Mehnert
February 12
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

Tonight’s Jlin show at the ’Sco will be the electronic music heavyweight’s first performance back in the U.S. after a long stint in the U.K., and one of her only shows before returning to tour abroad. With double-degree junior Sarah Snider providing an opening DJ set and interest in electronic...

Triple Bill Cohesive Despite Stylistic Differences

Triple Bill Cohesive Despite Stylistic Differences

Danny Evans, Arts Editor
December 11
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

Perfect Pussy, Fielded and PWR BTTM each appeal to very different audiences. Perfect Pussy, a punk band from Syracuse, NY, has earned comparisons to everyone from hardcore icons like Earth Crisis to British singer-songwriter Kate Bush; Fielded, the solo project of Lindsay Powell, offers a glitchy interpretation...

Ristow’s Conducting Reveals Subtleties in Choral Repertoire

Neil McCalmont, Staff Writer
December 11
Filed under ARTS, Music

Choral music holds a prominent position in Western music history. From your run-of-the-mill caroling groups and barbershop quartets to religious choirs, choirs have provided spaces for people to come together and sing. Last Sunday, both the Oberlin Musical Union and College Choir came together under...

Feature Photo: PI Series Guest Recital with Ingrid Jensen

Feature Photo: PI Series Guest Recital with Ingrid Jensen

Danny Evans, Arts Editor
December 4
Filed under ARTS, Music

Jazz trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, left, performs alongside College sophomores Amal Ghulam and Daniel Gonzales, Conservatory junior Jared Hochberg and Artist Diploma student Theodosia Roussos. The Cat in the Cream hosted Jensen, who collaborated with these students and others, at a PI Series guest recital...

Acoustics Meet Art in the Allen

Jake Frankenfield
December 4
Filed under ARTS, Music, Visual Art

Wandering among fine art and listening to Oberlin’s classical guitarists, visitors at the Allen Memorial Art Museum enjoyed a space where visual and sonic art converged Thursday evening. The museum was transformed from gallery to concert hall as two of its more expansive spaces — dedicated to mid...

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