Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
CHUCK D and GAYE THERESA JOHNSON
A conversation on music, social justice,
and the importance of critical situated
knowledge in the 21st Century
Wright Hall, Smith College
As the founder of legendary rap group Public Enemy, Chuck D is one of the most significant figures in the history of Hip Hop and its most respected public intellectual. As an artist and activist, he redefined Hip Hop as music with a revolutionary political message.
Gaye Theresa Johnson is Associate Professor of Black Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and affiliated with the Departments of History and Chicana/o Studies. She writes and teaches on race and racism, cultural history, geographies of freedom, and political economy.
Watch an interview with the couple on the history of Black music and activism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggeFzwacDis
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THE FUTURE HAS A PAST: HISTORIES OF BLACK & BROWN SOLIDARITY
Gaye Theresa Johnson discusses her book Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity,
on the shared struggles among African American and Chicano
freedom seekers and cultural workers in Los Angeles
Brown Fine Arts Center, Smith College
Free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.
For disability access information or accommodation requests please call(413) 585-2407
Chuck D is the leader and co-founder of legendary rap group Public Enemy. He redefined rap music and hip hop culture with the release of PE's explosive debut album, Yo Bum Rush The Show, in 1987. Since then, Public Enemy has completed 86 tours in 85 countries, and they're still going strong. Chuck D and Public Enemy were celebrated in the May 2004 issue of Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "fifty most important performers in rock & roll history." In 2010, their song, "Fight the Power" was recognized by VH-1 as the greatest hip hop song in history. Public Enemy has sold, to date, over 10 million albums, and for the first time in their career, were number 1 in iTunes downloads in the UK for their song "Harder Than You Think," a song penned by Chuck D and longtime collaborator Gary G-Wiz, and used as the 2012 Special Olympics signature song. In 2013, Chuck D recognized by what is universally known as one of the highest honors in music: along with the Public Enemy, he was inducted into the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Chuck D has been a national spokesperson for Rock the Vote, the National Urban League, and the National Alliance for African American Athletes. He is on the advisory board for the Sankofa Foundation, convened by Harry Belafonte to radicalize artists and orient them to social movement activism. Chuck has appeared in numerous public service announcements for national peace and the Partnership for a Drug Free America. He is featured in countless documentaries as an expert on several genres of music, sports, and history, including the critically-acclaimed documentary, Public Enemy: Welcome to the Terrordome, a retrospective of the group and its indelible impact on American music. Chuck D is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, the author of two books, and he continues to work on commentary, music, and writing on diversity, rap, and reality.
Gaye Theresa Johnson is Associate Professor of Black Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and affiliated with the Departments of History and Chicana/o Studies. She writes and teaches on race and racism, cultural history, geographies of freedom, and political economy. Her first book, Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spatial Entitlement in Los Angeles (University of California Press, 2013), is a history of civil rights and spatial struggles among Black and Brown freedom seekers and cultural workers in LA. Johnson’s second book, Women in Hip Hop: A Radical Herstory, is under contract with Haymarket Press. She has been a visiting researcher at Stanford University’s Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, as well as at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is also active with the Los Angeles Community Action Network’s struggle for housing and civil rights on LA’s skid row and is the 2013 recipient of the Freedom Now! Award for her efforts. She is a member of the board of directors for the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE). Johnson has appeared in and consulted on several documentaries, including independent films about music and urban politics, as well as television programs for the BBC and the Biography Channel. She is a blogger for the Huffington Post and a prolific public speaker. Johnson is also the Founding Partner of Sol Sisters Rising, a women’s collective dedicated to elevating women of color in film:http://www.solsistersrising.com/
Sponsors – Smith College: History, Office of Student Engagement, Wurtele Center for Work & Life, Student Events Committee, Latina/o and Latin American Studies, Afro-American Studies, American Studies, Music, Theater, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, Program for the Study of Women and Gender, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Res Life Social Justice Committee, Endowed Lecture Fund; Hampshire College: Africana Studies, Decolonize Media Collective, Latina/o and Latin American Studies; Amherst College: Black Studies, American Studies, Music; Mount Holyoke College: Africana Studies; UMass: WEB DuBois Department of African American Studies, Communication, English, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Theater, Women of Color Leadership Network; Five College Asian Pacific American Studies Program; TRGGR Media Collective; Five Colleges, Inc.
For more information on this series contact Jennifer Guglielmo, Associate Professor of History at Smith College, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
WHAT: Amjad Ali Khan with Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan:
Three Sarods and Two Tablas
WHEN: Saturday, March 1
TIME: 8: 00 p.m.
WHERE: Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
“(Amjad Ali) Khan has done for the sarod what (Ravi) Shankar did for the sitar: both have been their instrument’s prime ambassador.”-Michael Church, The Financial Times LTD 2011
"One of the 20th century’s greatest masters of the Sarod" –Songlines World Music Magazine, (UK)
On Saturday, March 1 the UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall hosts a crown jewel in India’s national treasure when Amjad Ali Khan, sarod maestro takes the stage for an 8:00 p.m. show. Amjad will share the stage with his two sons, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan who represent the seventh generation in a family of illustrious sarod musicians. Tickets are available at the box office in advance or as walk-up sales at the UMass Fine Arts Center Box Office. Please call 413-545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMAS or visit fineartscenter.com to purchase online or for more ticket information. Tickets start at $15 and youth 17 and under are only $10.
As a sarod virtuoso, Amjad Ali Khan is a superstar. Revered for his expressive playing, in his hands, the sarod’s 25 strings produce a rich palette of overtones mimicking the complex vocal colors and soaring range of the human voice. His concerts have been called magical. The Times-Picayune Greater New Orleans states: “Khan’s soaring improvisations on Indian melodies, evoked memories of country blues, rock guitar rave-ups, and the brainy-but-pastoral jazz of Pat Metheny.”
Joining Amjad on stage are his two sons, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, labelled by the New York Times as “Coming masters…”. After a recent concert, Chris Waddington, reviewer for NOLA.com observed, “though the sons never strayed from family tradition, their roaring performance had me thinking of guitarists such as Jimmy Page and John McLaughlin,…”.Pushing the boundaries of the sarod instrument beyond the traditional classical Indian sound, the ensemble has collaborated with a host of world musicians spanning the range from Dame Evelyn Glennie at the Rhythm Sticks Festival, London to the Derek Trucks Band at the Savannah Music Festival. In 2009, Amjad Ali Khan was nominated for a Grammy award in the best traditional world music album category for Ancient Sounds, a joint-venture with Iraqi oud soloist Rahim Alhaj.
The sarod is a stringed instrument prevalent in classical Indian music and believed to be descended from the Afghan rabab. Smaller than the sitar both the sitar and sarod have sympathetic stings, but the sarod has less and produces a leaner, cleaner sound. Unlike the Afghan rabab and the sitar, the sarod has a fretless metal fingerboard and allows the player to accomplish swooping slides between the melody notes. The sarod sound speaks eloquently of the close connections between India, Afghanistan and the Persian world that influenced northern India.
Amjad Ali Khan gives the world a new and yet timeless interpretation of sarod music. He is a maestro who considers his audience to be the soul of his motivation. Ali Kahn once said, "There is no essential difference between classical and popular music. Music is music. I want to communicate with the listener who finds Indian classical music remote." In his heart, Amjad Ali Khan has proven his indomitable belief in the integration of two of life's greatest forces, love and music. He is a living example of a man who practices that integration each day of his life, both on stage and off stage.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of World Music’s living legends!
The UMass Fine Arts Center’s Asian Arts & Culture Progran and Center Series is proudly sponsored by Baystate Health, Health New England and the Pioneer Valley Hotel Group.
The Fine Arts Center’s Asian Arts & Culture and Center Series are sponsored by Baystate Health & Health New England. Asian Arts & Culture Program Season sponsor is the Pioneer Valley Hotel Group. Event sponsors are the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
For more information check out: UMASS FINES ARTS CENTER
We are revisiting Ntozake Shange's choreopoem!
Directed by Serious Play!
Artistic Director Sheryl Stoodley
Assistant Director, Kaliis Smith
With music by Who'da Funk It
With an ensemble of six: Vanessa Alexander, Alysia Cosby, Marcia Gomes,
Evelyn Harris, Kaliis Smith, Samantha Smith.
Talk-backs after each performance, led by our dramaturgs, Nicole Young and Adewunmi Oke.
Three performances: Saturday, March 1 ~ Sunday, March 2 ~ Monday, March 3
at 7:30 pm. A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton. Tickets, $20.
For reservations: email@example.com or call 413.320.3147