Tag Archives: Music

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)

WESU Fall Record Fair

WESU, our friendly community radio station, writes in:

WESU’s (Wesleyan’s college radio station) will be hosting our annual fall record sale on October 8th in Beckham Hall. There will be record vendors from all over the Northeast selling everything from vinyls to concert memorabilia. Live DJs will be spinning vinyl all day!

Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 11 AM-4 PM
Place: Beckham Hall

Music Department Colloquium

From the Music Department:

Author and mridangam virtuoso Douglas Knight ’70 will discuss Balasaraswati: Her Art & Life– one book in three editions, for three audiences. The book has appeared in three different editions: an American edition published by Wesleyan University Press in 2010; an English language edition published in India by Westland Books in 2011; and a Tamil translation published by Cre-A Publishers in May 2017. Each edition was intended for a distinct readership, and elicited different responses. He will reflect on how the writing, editing, and publishing of these three editions transformed his understanding of the significance of Bala’s story as it “came home.”

The 41st annual Navaratri Festival of Indian music and dance at Wesleyan University opens with this talk hosted by the Music Department.

Date: Thursday, September 28
Time: 4:30 PM
Place:  Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

The MASH: Interviews with Good Morning CT, Bonanza, and Johnnie Gilmore ’18

The Mash at Wesleyan University, Sept. 9. (Photo by Caroline Kravitz)

As you probably know by now, there is a fun event coming up this weekend called The MASH. The MASH is a performance event that happens every year during the first week of classes. It provides spaces and resources for different bands, singers, and artists to share their talent. Shoutout to Harrison Nir ’19, the student intern who has done a ton of work to make this event happen this year, and also Hanna Orovec, the staff member in the CFA that oversees the event. Give Josh‘s post a read if you want to know more about how this all came together. All of the groups that perform are Wesleyan affiliated, whether it be alumni bands like the one Michael Roth ’78 is in, faculty artists, or new ensembles like Good Morning Connecticut (GMCT). Below are some short interviews of student bands, including the aforementioned group GMCT, and another called Bonanza. We’ve also got some words from bassist Johnnie Gilmore ’18.

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

Wesleyan Korean Drumming and Taiko Ensembles

Randi Plake writes in:

Wesleyan’s Taiko Drumming Ensemble, directed by Visiting Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan, performs the thunderous and thrilling rhythms of Japanese kumi daiko drumming. The Korean Drumming Ensemble, directed by Visiting Assistant Professor Jin Hi Kim, plays a variety of mesmerizing rhythmic patterns from the samulnori repertoire. Several dynamic and exciting styles will be showcased, demonstrating both traditional and contemporary sounds from each culture.

Date: Friday, May 5th
Time: 8 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall