“Music of Latin@s and their Predecessors in the United States before 1900”
What was “Latin music” like in pre-twentieth century America? Was there a “Latin music” or even a Latino identity during this historical period? With the current heated political debates surrounding Latinos, immigration, and national identity, a critical exploration of possible answers to these questions is not merely timely but in fact overdue. This lecture will explore ways of understanding the music of Spanish-speaking communities in pre-twentieth century America and will explain why this history should inform our understanding of Latin@s and their place in American society today.
David Garcia is Associate Professor of Music at UNC-Chapel Hill. He studied music at California State University, Long Beach (B.M. in composition, 1995), UC-Santa Barbara (M.A. in ethnomusicology, 1997), and The City University of New York (Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, 2003). Published in MUSICultures, Journal of the Society for American Music, The Musical Quarterly, and other academic journals, Garcia’s research focuses on the music of the Americas with an emphasis on black music and Latin music of the United States. He is also musical director of UNC’s Charanga Carolina ensemble, which specializes in Cuban danzón and salsa music. Garcia’s current book project, The Logic of Black Music’s African Origins in the Mid-Twentieth Century, is under contract with Duke University Press.
TUT is an up-and-coming recording artist out of Chattanooga, Tennessee, who has emerged with a sound that transcends the traditional hip-hop label. His spirited album, Preacher’s Son, is breathing into his beloved city a new inspirational life force. Co-founder of the music collective “The House,” alongside artists Isaiah Rashad, Michael Da Vinci, and producers Ktoven, The Antydote, D. Sanders and Chris Calor, TUT (Kevin Adams, Jr.) has already established himself as a prophetic voice of significance far beyond this region. Preacher’s Son is an album that depicts a young man growing up in the church and the streets–confronting the traumas of bad choice, experiencing the redemptive power of hope, and the overwhelming joys of love and charity.
This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while.
Join us at the Center for a free reception to honor the final act of the 2015-16 Process Series. Based on the highly acclaimed book Help Me to Find My People, the play chronicles the journey of African Americans from loss to the search for and discovery of their loved ones immediately after Emancipation, a search that still reverberates in African American families today. The reception will include a dramatic reading as well as songs by Mary D. Williams, and light refreshments will be served.
Crafted by Obie Award-winning playwright Nikkole Salter, Torn Asunder also serves as the final act of the “Telling Our Stories of Home” conference festival, supported by an NEH grant for “Humanities in the Public Square.” The play will be performed on April 7th and 8th at Swain Hall. Get your tickets here!
Artist credit: Amanda Tumusiime, “The Long Stride”
“The Hamlet Fire: Business, Politics, and Eating in the Age of Reagan”
In September 1991, the Imperial Food Products plant in Hamlet, North Carolina exploded in flames. Twenty-five people lost their lives in the blaze; most were trapped inside the factory behind locked doors. In this lecture, historian Bryant Simon will explore the deep political, social, and economic causes of the fire: causes that made Imperial workers and their community acutely vulnerable and made the accident that happened there, or one like it, a near inevitability.
Bryant Simon is Professor of History at Temple University. He is the author of Boardwalk of Dreams: Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America (Oxford University Press, 2004) and Everything But the Coffee: Learning About America from Starbucks (University of California Press, 2009). His research and scholarship has earned awards and honors from the Fulbright Commission, Humboldt Foundation, Urban History Association, Organization of American Historians, and the Smithsonian Institution. His work has been featured in the New Yorker, Washington Post, and The New Republic.
Hindugrass was founded in Los Angeles in 1998 by John Heitzenrater and friends as an acoustic vehicle to explore the commonalities between the classical and folk music of Northern India and the folk and bluegrass styles of Appalachia. The band features Heitzenrater on the sarod, Laura Thomas on the violin, Leah Gibson on the cello, Wiley Sykes on the tabla, and Ed Butler on percussion. The sound of Hindugrass is a fresh new voice for Indian fusion, a surprising and engaging festival for the ears in an age where everything has “already been done.” Alternately haunting and soaring sarod melodies intermingle with the sweet twang and bite of instruments from the Smoky Mountains and the rich palette of chamber strings over a driving bed of percussion instruments from around the world.
The band recently recorded its second studio album, and they will perform some of their newest material at the Love House & Hutchins Forum. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!