The Oberlin Review

Oberlin Encourages Gender Diversity in Music Technology

Aly Fogel, Arts & Culture Editor

October 11, 2019

 Listening to a band at a live music venue like the ‘Sco, concertgoers don’t often peel their eyes off the mainstage to look at the individuals running sound. However, the complexity behind this job, and the technician who works this position, warrants further examination.  Audio engineers are technicians who work in live sound or recording studios, and these positions are often held by cisgender men. According to Women’s Audio Mission, less than 5 percent of audio engineers in 2018 were women. Notably, this is a number based on binary statistics of cisgender individuals and does not reflect the impact of gender-based discrimination on non-binary and transgender audio engineers. Music technology, a broader field t...

Jordanian-Palestinian Band 47SOUL Performs at ‘Sco

Jordanian-Palestinian Band 47SOUL Performs at ‘Sco

October 4, 2019

 In a rare moment for a weeknight performance at the ’Sco, a band had students on their feet and dancing their way into the next morning. Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace sponsored a performance by Shamstep group 47SOUL and pop soloist Zach Matari which took place this past week.  47SOUL is an Arab group that blends traditional dabke music with punchy electronics and synthesizers. This combination creates an upbeat and danceable hip-hop sound with hints of reggae, ...

“The Innocents” Shines Light on Falsely Incarcerated, Wrongful Imprisonment

“The Innocents” Shines Light on Falsely Incarcerated, Wrongful Imprisonment

September 13, 2019

 Objects like rocks, pots, pans, and trash cans may not sound like typical musical instruments, but they are artfully used to produce The Innocents, a percussionist exhibit that will be performed this Sunday, Sept. 15. Percussionist John Lane and Allen Otte, OC ’72, created The Innocents to address issues of wrongful imprisonment, the American criminal justice system, and exoneration. This is one of many projects, including several at Oberlin, that advocate for prison reform through artistic means....

Upcoming Festival Features Concerts and Panels on Mortality

Upcoming Festival Features Concerts and Panels on Mortality

September 6, 2019

This weekend will be an exciting one, featuring music, discussions, poetry, and art — all centered, surprisingly, around mortality. On Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8, the Conservatory will host the “End of Life, End of Time” festival. The festival was created by Professor of Violin Sibbi Bernhardsson, OC ’95, who became fascinated by pieces written late in composers’ careers.  “The subject of art created at the end of the artists’ life is a compelling one,” Bernhardsson ...

On the Record with Dizzy Fae, R&B Artist

On the Record with Dizzy Fae, R&B Artist

September 6, 2019

Dizzy Fae is a rising R&B artist from Minneapolis. At just 21 years old, she has shared the stage with an impressive list of musicians. Shortly after graduating from her performing arts high school in 2017, she went on tour with pop icon Lizzo. Since then, she has also performed alongside artists like Kehlani, Toro Y Moi, and Jorja Smith, and at 2019 World Pride in NY. Last Friday, students packed the Cat in the Cream to watch her perform as part of the New Student Orientation Week series.  Th...

Indie Singer-Songwriter Anna Burch Gives Poignant, Intimate Performance

Indie Singer-Songwriter Anna Burch Gives Poignant, Intimate Performance

May 10, 2019

Detroit-based singer-songwriter Anna Burch gave an intimate performance at the Cat in the Cream Tuesday night as a stop before her show at the TREEVERB Music Festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on June 1.  Burch has been a part of a few folk-rock bands in the past, one of which is Frontier Ruckus. Her stab at the indie-rock genre is a stark contrast from Frontier Ruckus’ banjo-twanging songs, more personal and ambitious territory for Burch. Her song demos — which she wrote after finishing gradua...

Audience Fills Birenbaum for “Moonlight, My Heart”

Audience Fills Birenbaum for “Moonlight, My Heart”

May 3, 2019

 Editor’s Note: The interviews in this article were conducted in Chinese and translated into English. The Chinese Music Showcase, Moonlight, My Heart, hosted by the Chinese Students Association, drew an impressive turnout last Sunday for an evening of singing, musical performances, and celebration. Despite the fact that it was late in the week, and that the event saw sparse responses on Facebook, the audience almost filled the Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space, a bar on the lower lev...

One Song, One City Unites Community Around Music

Roman Broszkowski, Senior Staff Writer

April 26, 2019

In an effort to build stronger bonds between College and city communities, Oberlin’s Yeworkwha Belachew Center for Dialogue and the Office of the Ombudsperson have created a series of music listening and sharing sessions called One Song, One City.  The bi-monthly meetings, which began in March 2019, are held at the Oberlin Public Library and the Lewis House, bring community members together to discuss the historic and emotional contexts of songs that attendees care about.  Conservatory junior Griffin Woodard, who started the program through his work as a community relations intern for the Office of the Ombudsperson, explained that the purpose of the series is to facilitate interactions between Oberlin resident...

Spring Quartet Wows in Highly Anticipated Celebratory Performance

Spring Quartet Wows in Highly Anticipated Celebratory Performance

April 19, 2019

If you were on campus this week, chances are you heard the buzz about Esperanza Spalding’s Wednesday performance, which lasted over two hours in Finney Chapel. What you may not know, however, is that Spalding’s performance was part of a three-day festival marking the Conservatory Jazz Studies department’s 30th anniversary.  College junior George Hawk was ecstatic that a fellow member of the student acapella group ’Round Midnight ran into Spalding at the Hotel at Oberlin.  “’Round ...

Jean Rohe Plays to Few, Captures Hearts in Midweek Performance

Jean Rohe Plays to Few, Captures Hearts in Midweek Performance

April 12, 2019

Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Jean Rohe stopped by Oberlin to give a songwriting workshop last Wednesday before her 8 p.m. show with her band at the Cat in the Cream. She is currently on tour to promote her new record, Sisterly, which was produced with her longtime collaborator Liam Robinson, with whom who she plays in a duo called Robinson & Rohe.  Rohe first caught attention with her 2012 single “National Anthem: Arise! Arise!,” which was inspired by American history and social mo...

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