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“Live from Studio B” Celebrates Centennial Session

“Live from Studio B” Celebrates Centennial Session

Daniel Markus and Quentin Nguyen-Duy
April 21, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music, Recent Stories

It began as the pet project of TIMARA major Charles Glanders, OC ’14, with a VHS-tape recording of Nagual, an ambient guitar duo formed by Ian McColm, OC ’13, and David Shapiro, OC ’12. The footage is grainy, washed out, and there’s only one camera view, a wide-angle shot that’s a little off-...

Jay-Marie and Friends are ‘Here, Queer & Staying’

Jay-Marie and Friends are ‘Here, Queer & Staying’

Julia Peterson, Production editor
April 21, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Jay-Marie and Friends, who performed Sunday night at the Cat in the Cream, delivered a show that celebrated Black and queer identities. Musicians Jay-Marie Hill, Britt Baker, Suyá Nascimento and surprise guest Wriply Bennett showcased powerful protest anthems with unambiguous, unapologetic lyrics like ...

Princess Nokia Upsets Students with Second Missed Booking

Samantha Spaccasi, Staff writer
April 21, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Princess Nokia’s performance at the ’Sco on April 8 was supposed to be one of the biggest shows of the year. Students planning on attending the New York rapper’s concert, however, were in for an unfortunate surprise: Destiny Frasqueri, known by her stage name Princess Nokia, missed the show due ...

Lamar’s Lyrical Genius Impresses Again on “DAMN.”

Daniel Markus, Arts editor
April 21, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Music

As Kendrick Lamar finished a stunning set in the waning hours of Coachella Sunday night, diehard fans and internet detectives alike were left slightly disappointed. After releasing a new 14-track opus, DAMN., last Friday, fans desperate for even more music found themselves spurred on by a rapidly spre...

On the Record with Pianist Vijay Iyer

On the Record with Pianist Vijay Iyer

Interview by Louis Krauss, News editor
April 14, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Music, On the Record, Recent Stories

Vijay Iyer is a world-renowned jazz pianist and composer who has also written music for various classical and electronic ensembles. Iyer visited Oberlin last weekend to attend a workshop performance of his new violin concerto, titled Trouble, by Oberlin Sinfonietta ahead of its worldwide premiere at O...

Kero Kero Bonito Brings Upbeat Pop to ’Sco Performance

Samantha Spaccasi, Staff writer
April 14, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Music

“I’m having a party / Everyone can come / By the way, you’re invited / You seem pretty fun,” Sarah Midori Perry, frontwoman of Kero Kero Bonito, sings in “My Party,” a track from the group’s first mixtape, Intro Bonito. “My Party” and other songs from the Intro Bonito mixtape, release...

“Colors of Rhythm” Highlights POC Performances

“Colors of Rhythm” Highlights POC Performances

Julia Peterson, Production editor
April 7, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Music, Recent Stories

Student artists of color took the stage in Finney Chapel for the 21st annual Colors of Rhythm showcase last Thursday night, showcasing languages, instruments and dance traditions underrepresented in Oberlin classes and campus life. This year, the event featured spoken word performers, singers, OCTai...

Students Get Hyped for Princess Nokia ’Sco Show

Samantha Spaccasi, Staff writer
April 7, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Music

“My name is Ms. Destiny / I go hard in everything / I bring out the best in me / And do what is best for me,” Destiny Frasqueri raps in “Excellent,” the eighth track from her 2016 mixtape titled 1992, her first release under the name Princess Nokia. Frasqueri is one of the most refreshing and ecle...

Lorenzo’s Jazz Night Connects Conservatory, City

Lorenzo’s Jazz Night Connects Conservatory, City

Kiley Petersen, Managing editor
April 7, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

When Conservatory senior Jared Hochberg arrived in Oberlin from Chicago and realized there were few outlets in town for jazz jam sessions, he decided to create one. Jazz Night, now a monthly event at Lorenzo’s Pizzeria, was born. Hochberg plays a 90-minute set with double-degree sophomore Ari Smith and...

First Church, Family Promise Host 11th Annual Homelessness Benefit

Quentin Nguyen-Duy and Daniel Markus
March 31, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Family Promise of Lorain County has partnered with the Conservatory for more than a decade to host annual classical music concerts to raise money for the county’s homeless population. This year, the series’ 11th installment, taking place this Sunday at the First Church in Oberlin, will feature a qua...

Award-Winning Composer Assesses State of Contemporary Music

Award-Winning Composer Assesses State of Contemporary Music

Ivan Aidun, Staff writer
March 31, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

The recently set concrete walls of the Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space accommodated musicians and music enthusiasts Tuesday evening for a talk on contemporary classical music, given by British-American composer Bernard Rands. The room buzzed as people filed in, and quiet conversation pervaded the ...

On the Record with Ethnomusicologist Aaron Fox

On the Record with Ethnomusicologist Aaron Fox

Interview by Rachel Mead, Staff writer
March 31, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music, On the Record

Aaron Fox is an associate professor of music and ethnomusicology and the director of the Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University. His educational background demonstrates the intersection of fields in which he works; he holds a bachelor’s degree in Music from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in S...

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