The Oberlin Review

“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....

On the Record with Jennifer Torrence

Eilish Spear, Staff Writer

September 23, 2016

Percussionist Jennifer Torrence, OC ’09, is a solo and collaborative performer based in Oslo, Norway, where she is a research fellow at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Torrence specializes in contemporary percussion writing and performance, and her recent projects include writing evening-length solo productions and other percussion pieces with artists such as François Sarhan, Peter Swendsen, Trond Reinholdtsen, Woljtek Blecharz, Johan Jutterström, Carolyn Chen and Anna Mikhailova. She plays with the AJO ensemble and NorthArc Percussion in Norway and is the former principal percussionist of the Artic Philharmonic. She has worked with music legends such as Pierre Boulez and Jonathan Harvey and has premiered Unsuk ...

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...

Keiji Haino and Chris Corsano Bring Method to Madness

Ross Chait, Staff Writer

April 19, 2013

After his masterfully absurd solo electronics and vocals set met with mixed reviews on Saturday, Japanese psychedelic free rock legend and Fushitsusha frontman Keiji Haino finished out his two-day residency at Oberlin with what seemed a more unanimously admired performance of guitar and voice, accompanied by percussionist Chris Corsano, on Sunday night at the ’Sco. To witness this match made in outer space, out-of-towners outnumbered College students as they filed into a scene appropriately set by kraut rock jams and nods to pop psychedelia (e.g. The Doors’ “The End”) before the supposed 10 p.m. start time. With no introduction, Haino and Corsano scurried on stage, instantly assuming the energized chaos that...

Percussion Group Showcases Diverse Range of Rich Harmonies

Katherine Hamilton

April 27, 2012

Successfully compelling the audience to rethink and reimagine the capabilities of percussion, the Oberlin Percussion Group showcased its diversity, range and musicality at Tuesday night’s concert in Warner Concert Hall. The group, composed of 16 Conservatory percussion majors, is conducted and directed by Director of Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion and Professor of Percussion Michael Rosen. The first piece, “Second Construction,” is a composition for four players by the avant-garde, essential American percussion composer John Cage. The piece was played by double-degree sophomore Ben Rempel, Conservatory sophomores Daniel King and Brandon Hall, Conservatory junior Sean Dowgray and Conservatory senior Jake...

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