The Oberlin Review

Buffalo-based musician Derick Evans performed an experimental show in Fairchild Chapel last Friday night, which included his original one-act musical Through The Night.

“Through The Night” Strikes Warm, Thoughtful Tone

November 10, 2017

As the audience filed into Fairchild Chapel last Friday night and filled up the pews in groups of twos and threes, a peaceful ambient track filled the space. Viewers murmured with anticipation as they waited for Derick Evans — hosted in Oberlin by the Asian American Alliance — to take the stage. Perhaps people had chosen to see Evans perform because of the eye-catching, color-saturated posters for “In The Chapel” that had appeared around campus, or because they were intrigued by the event...

Fairchild Chapel to Become Multifaith Prayer Space

Eliza Guinn

April 8, 2016

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Oberlin has been working since the fall of 2015 to recreate Fairchild Chapel as a multifaith prayer space for Oberlin’s campus. College senior Rand Zalzala, the student coordinator for this project, said that the ORSL’s current focus is to make the space as available and welcoming as possible to members of any and all religious affiliations. Resources like meditation cushions, prayer rugs, prayer beads and religious texts have been made available for students, College employees and community members to use at any time. “I think that many people want to practice on campus,” Zalzala said. “But they don’t have the space to do it.” The ORSL is trying to...

Division of Contemporary Music Presents First-Year Composers

Julia Peterson, Production Editor

February 26, 2016

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, carefully sidestepping the many cellos leaning against the wall. By 3 p.m., when the concert began, the room was packed. Framed with stained-glass windows, the chapel made every quiet sound reverberate through the small space. Not one of the composers stayed within the realm of the safe and familiar. Rather, they pushed the envelope, whether in terms of style, instrumentation or quality of sound. Some compositions...

Ambient Musician Brings Showgoers to Tears

Owen Harrington

April 10, 2015

Last Saturday evening at about 8 p.m. I entered Fairchild Chapel, beginning the arduous wait until ambient singer-songwriter Liz Harris, also known as Grouper, arrived onstage. The opening act, cave weta, didn’t come until 8:45 p.m. His performance began with a quiet, high-pitched hum, which served as the basis for the rest of the song, as the manipulation of some pedals and hearty doses of feedback kept the once-feeble sound going for the next 15 minutes. At times, the performance, characterized by deep drones with peculiar textures, was lovely. cave weta shone especially towards the end when vocal loops were incorporated into the mix, adding a more human and melodic element to the formidable wall of sound. At some...

Meridian Experiments with Percussion

Katherine Dye, Staff Writer

October 11, 2013

Experimental percussion trio Meridian played to a small but engaged audience last Thursday in Fairchild Chapel. The group, comprised of University of Alabama faculty member Tim Feeney and UA students Nick Hennies and Greg Stuart, experimented with the boundaries of traditional percussive music by using unconventional methods to create otherworldly soundscapes. The trio employs traditional percussive instruments in their work but relies on unusual techniques such as tapping on the underside of a drum or rubbing the rim of a bell with the strings of a violin bow to create bizarre and intriguing sounds that one would not usually associate with percussion music. The songs were slow — almost painfully so — but in their...

Paul de Jong Embraces the Absurd at Fairchild Chapel

Julian Ring, Arts Editor

September 6, 2013

The whole scene had a faux-gothic, Frankenstein-esque quality about it: dual candelabras and the sound of moaning — rather than fluorescent lighting and polite silence — greeted attendees to Paul de Jong’s intimate evening concert in Fairchild Chapel Tuesday. De Jong, a multi-instrumentalist formerly of avant-folk duo The Books, marked his first appearance at Oberlin since 2006, and his first solo performance at the College. Falling somewhere between ambient classical showcase and bizarre film screening, his hour-long set of funereal cello music and its corresponding images were a meditation on the darkly tranquil side of all that is ordinary. De Jong’s artistic appeal lies in his ability to coax unique sounds...

Calvin Johnson and Friends Lead Audience Down Long, Winding Road

Lizzie Conner

February 18, 2011

Calvin Johnson croons un-amplified into the ceiling of Fairchild Chapel, barely skipping a beat when he swings his classical guitar to his back and reverting to a speaking voice to address the audience candidly. About 40 people showed up to celebrate Valentine’s Day with K Record’s “Ring Leader” (his official title at the label), many of whom came to indulge their love for one of his previous bands — Beat Happening, The Halo Benders, or Dub Narcotic Sound System. Johnson is known primarily for these projects and his involvement in the founding of K Records. Until very recently, he has been writing and performing as a solo artist. Despite lacking the rest of his new “band,” The Hive Dwellers, nothing...

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