The Oberlin Review

Frank Ocean Graces Our Headphones Once Again

Leo Lasdun

November 15, 2019

There are few living artists as frustrating as Frank Ocean. He has a wizardly ability to attract rabid speculation and curiosity, and yet for years on end he staunchly refuses to indulge any of it. Live performances and interviews rarely materialize; maybe here and there we’re graced with a cryptic Instagram post. The prospect of an album seems laughable. But still, there’s a constant low-frequency hum of cautious excitement for a Frank Ocean album lurking on Reddit forums or in tinfoil-hat essays on Instagram comments. Within the last month, Ocean has given his adoring hive a lot to chew on: DJ sets at exclusive nightclub events in Queens, new episodes of his Beats 1 show blonded RADIO, and most tantalizing o...

DuBois Salon First Step in Honoring Legacy On Campus

DuBois Salon First Step in Honoring Legacy On Campus

November 15, 2019

 In February 2018, two Oberlin professors ran into each other in the archives and realized that they were both researching the thesis of the same highly-accomplished Oberlin alumna. Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology Fredara Hadley and Assistant Professor of History and Comparative American Studies Tamika Nunley were both inspired by the life and work of Shirley Graham DuBois, OC ’34, and at Nunley’s suggestion they decided to craft a class around her tremendous accomplishments in m...

Baroque Meets Boost at the Kaleidosonic Music Festival

Connor Daley

November 15, 2019

For Conservatory students, College musicians, and community members interested in music, the Oberlin music scene can seem divided. College and community musicians may feel that their music is viewed as less important than the work done by Conservatory students. On the other hand, Conservatory students may feel that their dedication to either Jazz or Classical music shuts them away from other more contemporary genres.  To bridge this divide, Oberlin’s Kaleidosonic Music Festival, held this Saturday in Finney Chapel, showcases the variety and capability of every student and community member’s musical talents.  The idea of having a Kaleidosonic musical experience was first imagined by Tom Lopez, OC ’89, w...

Oberlin Opera Invites You to Dream with Them

Mayan Levin

November 8, 2019

A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes the viewer on an adventure, following the lives of humans and fairies alike. With magical twist and turns instigated by the fairy king, Oberon, the opera delves deep into the emotional journey between four lovers and their confusion in the fairy woods. Premiering in 1960, the operatic performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, composed by Benjamin Britten, has remained fresh throughout the decades. This week, the production comes to Oberlin Opera Theater. Performers of all ages have come together to create the ethereal opera, which features the Oberlin Choristers, a community children’s vocal group, and Andrew Lipian, OC ’12, in the role of Oberon. “[Thi...

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...

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