The Oberlin Review

OINC Showcases Unconventional Improv Performance

Russell Jaffe, Staff Writer

December 1, 2017

Filed under ARTS, Music

When I went to attend the Oberlin Improvisation and New Music Collective’s latest performance at the Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space on Wednesday night, I had no idea what to expect. I had never seen the OINC before, and when I thought of improv shows, I imagined fast-paced jokes on a dimly-lit stage or silly songs composed on the fly — the sorts of things that friends sometimes do together when everyone is bored and has had a little too much to drink. The OINC’s performance was unlike anything I had imagined. The show consisted of two main acts. The first improvisation was carried out by two musicians, who used synthesizers to engineer a variety of innovative sounds together. These were not songs ...

Blood, Lineage Play Significant Roles in Pixar’s Coco

Ananya Gupta, Arts & Culture Editor

December 1, 2017

Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Editor’s note: This review contains spoilers for Coco. Though the idea of blinking out of existence once forgotten by the living is terrifying, Pixar presents it with cute skeletons and masterful, vibrant animation in Coco, which was released Nov. 22. Co-directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, Coco is the story of a Mexican family broken apart by a father who chose to follow his musical passion over his wife, Imelda, and daughter, Coco. Heartbroken and angry, Imelda develops a hatred for music that spreads throughout generations of the Rivera family, banning it from their home and lives for centuries to come. The protagonist of the film is Imelda’s great-great-grandson, 12-year-old Miguel, who harbors a se...

On the Record with Robert Spano, OC ’84

On the Record with Robert Spano, OC ’84

September 15, 2017

Professor of Conducting Robert Spano, OC ’84, delivered the Convocation on Thursday night, a moderated Q&A session with Dean of the Conservatory, Andrea Kalyn. Spano is currently in his 17th season as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which has won six Grammy awards under his leadership. In 2012, Spano was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, one of only two classical musicians to achieve that distinction. He has made guest conducting appearances with the Cleveland Or...

Gear Co-op Combines Music, Fundraising in 4th Festival

Daniel Markus, Arts and Culture editor

May 5, 2017

Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

In spring 2015, the Oberlin College Gear Co-op, then still a fledgling organization with little more than a few beat-up drum sets and some old amps, hosted the first edition of Gear Fest, a mammoth day-long festival that featured 22 different acts at two different locations. The event has since been enshrined as a biannual staple of the Gear Co-op, which will host the fourth edition of Gear Fest tomorrow. “I think the first year it was in someone’s backyard, and was just a really great, fun way to close out the year,” College sophomore and Gear Co-op head Cena Loffredo wrote in an email to the Review. The Gear Co-op itself was formed as a solution to a common problem for musicians on campus — practice spac...

Folk Fest Reaches Beyond Genre’s Traditional Boundaries

Sydney Allen, Production editor

April 28, 2017

Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Since its inception in 1999, community members and College students alike have flocked to Tappan Square for Folk Fest, an annual celebration of the genre featuring multiple live performances and events. Nineteen years ago, the inaugural concert featured a single headliner followed by student acts, but the series has since grown exponentially, drawing several touring acts each year and spreading to venues all over campus. Organized by the Oberlin College Folk Music Club, this year’s Folk Fest kicked off today with a panel discussion around Women in Folk Music, moderated by Professor of Ethnomusicology Jennifer Fraser and featuring members of Isle of Klezbos, an all-women klezmer band participating in the festival. ...

On the Record with Pianist Vijay Iyer

On the Record with Pianist Vijay Iyer

April 14, 2017

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 Ojai Music Festival June 8. The piece featured violin soloist Jennifer Koh, OC ’97. Iyer and Koh also held a residency that included several master classes and discussions. Iyer graduated from Yale Universit...

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, released in August 2014 via Double Denim Records, established Kero Kero Bonito’s reputation for lightheartedness and inclusive fun, which the band will bring to the ’Sco tomorrow night. The London trio, which also features producers Gus Lobban and Jamie Bulled, started when Bulled and Lobban posted an ad looking for a singer on MixB, an online message board for Japanese expats. Perry was one of the first respondents. “J...

“Colors of Rhythm” Highlights POC Performances

“Colors of Rhythm” Highlights POC Performances

April 7, 2017

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, OCTaiko, the Filipinx American Students’ Association Band, a dance group from the African Students Association, Descendants of the Dragon, Movimiento and a variety of other groups. One band performed in T...

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 eclectic artists in modern underground hip-hop and has a devoted fan base in Oberlin, one that has only grown since a scheduled performance at the Cat in the Cream last spring had to be cancelled due to a missed flight. That concert, originally organized by College sophomore Sky Davis, was expected to be packed and would have been a highlight of last year’s concert season, so Davis and Cat in the Cream staff tried to boo...

Lorenzo’s Jazz Night Connects Conservatory, City

Lorenzo’s Jazz Night Connects Conservatory, City

April 7, 2017

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 Conservatory sophomore Matthew Frerck to start each show, followed by an improv jam session open to musicians of all skill levels. Four years after establishing the series, Hochberg will perform ...

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