Creating from a disparate bag of tricks, images, discarded thoughts, and whispered stories, both Romare Bearden and Octavia Butler shaped new worlds – with great clarity and beauty. In the artist’s talk accompanying her exhibition So be it. See to it, Candace Hunter discusses how she draws upon the work and integrity of both of these powerhouses to propel her own art. A Q&A, as well as light refreshments, will follow, with an opportunity to view the exhibition.
The Amherst College Department of Music presents original composition theses "Nor Any Tide" and "Snapshots of Summer." Nor Any Tide is an original composition thesis by Patrick Rauschelbach '19 that begins at 7 p.m. and Snapshots of Summer is an original composition thesis by Katianna Nardone '19 that begins at 7:45 p.m. The concert is FREE and open to the public; seating is by general admission.
Nor Any Tide parallels the outlook of an increasingly disillusioned people unprepared for the hardships brought about by the First World War. Over 100 years ago, this war carried society into the present era, and many of the concerns faced continue to echo into today. Rauschelbach conveys this period’s voices and their relevant woes for the modern audience. An extended suite comprised of movements ranging from blues and R&B to film score and classical, this reflection is written for an ensemble of two dozen, a blend of acoustic and electric sound created from string quartet, bass, brass, guitars, harp, piano, percussion and a chorus.
Nardone presents her composition Snapshots of Summer, a collection of short movements depicting moments in time during the period of its composition. The work, scored for string quartet, upright bass, piano and voice, is primarily classical but includes stylistic elements of jazz as well as two original orchestrated pop songs. It is performed by an all-student ensemble composed of Maya Bulos ’20 and Andrea Boskovic ’21 on violin, Daniel Lee ’22 on viola, Jonah Botvinick-Greenhouse ’21 on cello, Sarah Montoya ’21 on bass, Faith Wen ’20 on piano and vocals by Anna Van Der Linden ’20. By taking the listener through a series of the composer’s memories expressed through music, Snapshots of Summer explores the ways that music can capture and preserve the feeling of a memory.
The Faculty Colloquium Series for 2018-19 presents a lecture titled "Sharia Politics, Common Law, and Transition to Civil Democratic Government in Nigeria" presented by Olufemi Vaughan, professor of black studies.
John Kasich served as the 69th governor of Ohio from 2011 to 2019 and was a Republican presidential contender in 2000 and 2016. As governor, his priorities included restoring fiscal stability to Ohio, driving economic growth and job creation, modernizing infrastructure, developing a model to fight drug abuse and addiction, and seeking bipartisan solutions on key national issues such as health care.
Prior to serving as Ohio’s governor, he was a member of Congress for 18 years, where he served as chairman of the House Budget Committee and worked to balance the federal budget. Kasich also served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
He left Congress in 2001 and served as a managing director of Lehman Brothers, as well as a commentator for FOX News and a presidential fellow at The Ohio State University, from which he graduated in 1974 with a degree in political science.
He is the author of four New York Times best-selling books: Courage is Contagious; Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul; Every Other Monday; and, in 2017, Two Paths: America Divided or United.
The talk is free and open to the public. Amherst students, faculty and staff will receive priority seating. Tickets are required for admission.
"Kebab Connection" will be screened at both 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact Megan Howes for more information.
Hip-hop fan Ibrahim aspires to make the first German Kung-Fu movie. Things get complicated in this zany multicultural comedy when his Turkish family finds out his German girlfriend is pregnant, he encounters a bunch of extortionist gangsters and he gets caught up in the competition between his parents’ kebab place and the Greek restaurant across the street.
Phillip B. Williams is a poet who “sings for the vanished, for the haunted, for the tortured, for the lost, for the place on the horizon where the little boat of the human body disappears in a wingdom of unending grace” (The Best American Poetry). Williams is the author of the chapbooks Bruised Gospels and Burn, as well as the collection Thief in the Interior, winner of a number of awards, including the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and a 2017 Lambda Literary Award. Williams is a Cave Canem graduate and the poetry editor of the online journal Vinyl Poetry. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award and teaches at Bennington College.
This reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by refreshments.
This bilingual work grapples with the past, bearing witness to gender-nonconforming historical figures, La Monja Alferéz and The Publik Universal Friend. Puppetry and poetics lift up the lives of these trans ancestors in an exhilarating conversation honoring their genders and refusing to look away from their transgressions.
Praise for Publik Private:
“The infernal and the saintly collide in a bold intertwining of two adventures too wild to be fictional. Publik Private is a show that smashes the binary in more ways than one: out and passing, chaste and carnal, pacifist and warmonger, hero and villain, thwarted imperialist and well-intentioned gentrifier. With a wry smile, Eppchez dances between the polar opposites of these two trans lives, and joins them together in something tender, irreverent and all too human.” -Mary Tuomanen (Barrymore Award-winning playwright)
Dr. Shakti Butler will lead the audience through an interactive viewing of her most recent film "Healing Justice". The film explores the causes and consequences of the current North American justice system and its effect on marginalized communities. The film walks back through the history of violence that has led to our current system, bringing into focus the histories of trauma – on a personal, interpersonal, community and generational level. This powerful documentary addresses the school-to-prison pipeline, the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform and the importance of healing and restorative practices.
This event is free and open to the public.
Free of charge and open to the public, the Amherst College Department of Music presents a special jazz concert by the Michael Musillami Trio +2, featuring Musillami (guitar, compositions), Joe Fonda (bass), George Schuller (drums), Kirk Knuffke (cornet) and Jason Robinson (saxophones, alto flute) at 7 p.m. in Room 3 of Arms Music Center. The group will perform new original music from their 2018 release Life Anthem (Playscape), as well as new music for their forthcoming 2019 release Little Ruby Steps.
“[O]ne of the most stimulating contemporary sets I’ve heard in a long time.”
--Nick Jones, Jazz Journal magazine
“Michael Musillami's music is a treasure, and we are fortunate that he came through his recent crisis unscathed.”
--Tim Niland, Jazz and Blues blog
“It's one of the year's best recordings.”
--Jerome Wilson, All About Jazz
About Life Anthem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAM_tBL4Vkg
The Amherst College Department of Music presents Garden of Snakes, an original jazz composition thesis by Diego Ramos-Meyer '19, on Friday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m., followed by A Thousand Shapes, an original jazz composition thesis by Ella Yarmo-Gray '19, at 7:45 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.
Garden of Snakes
Garden of Snakes is a five-piece suite exploring African-American and Latinx jazz music. Born to a Costa Rican father and American mother, Ramos-Meyer grew up listening to music from a wide variety of traditions all over the Americas. This 10-piece ensemble, including flute, violin, trumpet, tenor saxophone, trombone and congas, takes the audience on a journey through modern-day manifestations of traditional Afro-Caribbean rhythms. From Herbie Hancock to Pérez Prado to J Dilla, Garden of Snakes has something to offer everybody.
A Thousand Shapes
Virginia Woolf writes in her novel To the Lighthouse, “Love had a thousand shapes.” In a five-piece suite, Yarmo-Gray explores the ways in which various forms of love can be encapsulated in music, particularly those that are nonromantic. The music is of the modern jazz idiom and is written for a six-piece ensemble that includes Yarmo-Gray on piano, Fumi Tomita on bass, Austin McMahon on drums, Will Fishell '20 on trumpet, Dean Gordon '22 on tenor saxophone and MacKenzie Kugel '20E on violin. This exploration takes the listener through a multitude of their own experiences with love, and introduces the possibility of many more.