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Somi

Somi in the Studio, Brooklyn, New York

From our friends in the CFA:

Superb jazz chanteuse Somi blends modern jazz, African music, and the singer-songwriter tradition, combining the musical and cultural worlds that resonate with her as an African and American woman. An Illinois-born resident of Harlem, she is the daughter of immigrants from Uganda and Rwanda. Highly regarded as both a scholar and artist, Somi is a TED Senior Fellow and the founder of New Africa Live, a nonprofit that champions African artists.

Date: Friday, October 13
Time: 8 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: $28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18 (reserved seating)

Wesleyan Concert Choir

Randi Plake writes in:

The Wesleyan Concert Choir, under direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, presents a program featuring both a cappella and accompanied selections from classical and modern choral repertoire.

Date: Sunday, May 7th
Time: 4 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall

Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert

Randi Plake writes in:

Students from the Wesleyan chamber music program perform works by various composers on a variety of instruments.

Date: Friday, May 5th
Time: 12:00 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall

Beginners Javanese Gamelan

Randi Plake writes in:

Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble. The concert will include a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble.

Date: Thursday, May 4th
Time: 7 PM
Place: World Music Hall

Isaiah Rashad Came to Wesleyan and Lots of People Came to See Him

Capture

[UPDATED, 2/6/17, 1:06PM] With another video!

Isaiah Rashad came to Wesleyan and it was magical. If you were one of the hundreds who stood in line for two hours on a particularly frigid Friday, I hope you had as wholesome of a night as I did. A few days before the show, my friend Meghana Kandlur ’18, who helped book and put together this whole thing, sent me a video of Isaiah where he calls his mom his best friend. It was a really good video. And it was a really good concert. See look, Isaiah even said it was really cool:

Read past the jump for some videos!

Concert: Jess Best ’14

jess_best_eventFrom the CFA:

Singer-songwriter Jess Best ’14, now based in Manhattan, returns to Wesleyan to perform her original soul and jazz compositions influenced by Erykah Badu, Joni Mitchell, and Esperanza Spalding. She will be accompanied by Connor Schultze on bass and Paul Bloom on piano.

Date: Sunday, January 29
Time: 3-4:30 PM
Place: Russell House

cfa link

You can listen to Jess Best’s latest album, Kid Again, here.

Derek Gripper is coming to Wesleyan’s CFA

Who??

I had never heard anything about Derek Gripper until I learned that the Center for the Arts was bringing him to campus … and I realized I had been missing out on an innovative — and pretty famous ?! — musician.

Gripper’s music takes inspiration from the kora music of Mali, interpreting ancient African traditional music using his acoustic guitar. And people have taken notice of his unique musical ideas and skills — Gripper has already given a TED talk about his study of great African composers, and after his concert at Wesleyan this Friday, he already has plans to perform at Carnegie Hall and on NPR’s “Tiny Desk” concert series.

Read on after the jump for more on Derek Gripper:

Total Freedom + FXWRK & DIN//VOID

eclectic 2Chris Gortmaker ’17 writes in:

Aural Wes presents a night of future-club music. Come work out.

TOTAL FREEDOM (Ashland Mines)
___ Producer/DJ. Miami. Rebirthing pop anthems. Top 40 / RnB exorcisms. Conceptual party maker for GHE20 G0THIK Fade to Mind HOOD BY AIR
___ https://soundcloud.com/totalfreedom
___ https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/2378

FXWRK
___     Producer/DJ/vocalist. NYC. Member of KUNQ collective. Ex-Wes.
___ https://soundcloud.com/fxwrk
___http://www.factmag.com/2015/09/16/kilbourne-fxwrk-bang-i-cant-escape-ep/

DIN//VOID (David Eg)
___ Producer/DJ. NYC. Ex-Wes.
___ https://soundcloud.com/dinslashvoid

Date: Friday, April 29
Time: 10:30 PM – 2:00 AM
Place: Eclectic

Gaida in Concert

cfa gaidaFrom the CFA:

Syrian vocalist and songwriter Gaida is one of the most “effusive and charming” (Timeout New York) singers on the world-music scene, delivering “entrancing and luscious” performances. With a voice described as “beyond perfect” by The New Yorker, for her Connecticut debut at Wesleyan she will be joined by the outstanding ensemble of pianist George Dulin, Zafer Tawil on oud (stringed instrument), percussionist Tony Devivo, and bassist Jennifer Vincent to perform original fusion compositions and traditional Syrian songs.

“[Gaida’s] plaintive, gauzy vocals effectively disarmed listeners, she improvised incantatory lines as an accomplished jazz vocalist might have done.” — Chicago Tribune

Date: Friday, February 5
Time: 8-9:30 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: $19 general public; $17 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students