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What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Yale University’s Department of African American Studies and the Program in Theater Studies are proud to present a special screening of the critically-acclaimed, 2015 unreleased documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015). The first major motion picture documentary about music legend Nina Simone.

Monday, March 30th @ 7pm
351 Loria Center
190 York Street
New Haven

Come for the screening and stay for a conversation with director Liz Garbus and Prof. Daphne A. Brooks (Yale African American Studies, Theater Studies, American Studies) after the film.

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*Final, Oct 21 PARAMOUNT-WEB

Exploring the Rise and Fall of Paramount Records

Join us for a listening session and roundtable discussion featuring:

Jack White (Third Man Records, Lazaretto)
Greil Marcus (Rolling StoneThe BelieverThe History of Rock ‘n Roll in Ten Songs)
Dean Blackwood (Revenant Records)
Scott Blackwood (Revenant Records)
Adia Victoria (Musician, “Stuck in the South”)
Daphne Brooks (Professor, African American Studies & Theater, Yale University)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Doors open at 6pm.  Program starts at 7:00pm
Battell Chapel, Corner of College and Elm Streets
New Haven, Connecticut
Free and open to the public.

Paramount Records was founded on a modest proposition: produce records as cheaply as possible, recording whatever talent was available. Over its lifetime (1917-1932), the label compiled a dizzying array of performers still unrivaled to this day, spanning early jazz titans (Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller), blues masters (Charley Patton, Skip James), American divas (Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters), gospel, vaudeville, hillbilly, and more.  But how did a Wisconsin chair company, run by men with little knowledge of their audience or the music business, build one of the greatest musical rosters ever assembled under one roof? How and why were its fortunes directly linked to the Great Migration, and what is Paramount’s legacy today?

This will be an evening of musical exploration and conversation, unpacking the label’s rich history and celebrating the release of Volumes 1 & 2 of The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932, an epic omnibus jointly released by Jack White’s Third Man Records and Revenant Records.  The program will feature a dynamic conversation between roundtable participants and highlight a profound listening experience as each participant plays a selected song in its entirety and discusses its deeper implications and dimensions.

Sponsored by the Yale Department of African American Studies, the Program in American Studies at Yale, the Program in Theater Studies at Yale, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale, and Sound Hall.

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Jeremiah Cymerman

Sound Hall + Uncertainty Music Series presents

Jeremiah Cymerman

March 30, 2013 | 8:30pm
Firehouse 12
45 Crown St  New Haven, CT
$12 / all ages
FREE pre-concert talk at 7pm

As an important figure in New York City’s experimental music scene since 2002, composer/clarinetist Jeremiah Cymerman and his solo work has been described by Evan Parker as “an astonishing achievement” and by John Zorn as taking “the sonic language of the clarinet to startling and surprising places.”  In 2013, through a series of performances in different cities, Cymerman will be developing a new piece for solo clarinet and electronics entitled Book of Dead.  Drawing inspiration from the writings of Chogyam Trungpa, Book of Dead is a much more subtle and meditative piece than most of Cymerman’s previous solo work.  Moving at a slower pace, observing more silence and focussing on the more intimate wooden qualities of the instrument, Book of Dead marks a new direction for Jeremiah Cymerman.

This performance is made possible in part by a grant from New Music USA’s Metlife Creative Connections Program.

Isla de la Mona

Abraham Gomez-Delgado

SOUND HALL along with the BIG ROOM and the Uncertainty Music Series present

Isla de la Mona, Part I: One man’s solitary search for the soul of salsa

Composed, written and performed by Abraham Gomez-Delgado, with Melanie Maar (dance), Alvaro Benavides (bass), Juancho Herrera (guitar), Pablo Bencid (drums), and Ali Bello (violin)

8pm, Saturday, March 2, 2013
Take Your Time Performance Series
at The BIG ROOM
Erector Square 319 Peck St. New Haven, CT, Building 6W, Studio D
Tickets are $10. Advance reservations can be made by email:
thebigroomnewhaven@gmail.com

Isla de la Mona (Part I) is a magical realist music/dance/video performance piece dealing with issues of individuality and community around the creation of a one-man-salsa-band. The story illustrates the creation of the EJE, aka the One-Man-Salsa-Band (OMSB), an instrument designed and constructed by Abraham Gomez-Delgado to capture all the complex rhythms of Latin music by a single performer.

Part solo, part group performance, and part video, Isla de la Mona features Gomez-Delgado along with a cast of extraordinary musicians and dancers (including the members of his critically acclaimed avant-salsa band Zemog el Gallo Bueno). Through the tale of an isolated individual’s search for human and musical community, the piece reflects upon post-colonial identities and revisionist histories, exploring the radical differences between African communality and European individualism. It raises questions about the value of solo and group in both the playing of the instruments that make up OMSB and in the music it creates.

Abraham Gomez-Delgado is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and performance artist of Peruvian and Puerto Rican descent. Born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico he moved to the US as a child. Described by Global Rhythm Magazine as “the new century’s mad scientist, creating a musical hybrid so seemingly wrong it can be nothing but right”, Gomez-Delgado leads Zemog el Gallo Bueno, co-leads the trans-idiomatic big band Positive Catastrophe with composer Taylor Ho Bynum, and has a performance art group under the name EJE. He is also a member of the interdisciplinary dance and music performance group Quartet Collective. He is an Assistant Professor of mixed-media at Bloomfield College in New Jersey.

I Am America (2010) – Timothy Hopfner, Marina Gregory, Alejandro Tomás Rodriguez, Lloyd Bricken. Photo by Stefano Roggero.

Workcenter’s Open Program

SOUND HALL and Interdisciplinary Performance Studies at Yale (IPSY) present

The Workcenter’s Open Program Yale Residency

SOUND HALL, in support of the Interdisciplinary Performance Studies at Yale (IPSY), will present a unique and exciting spring program of public events exploring the role of art in daily life.  The program will feature performances, workshops, public meetings and a symposium exploring the poetics of encounter. IPSY is partnering with the Eli Whitney Museum, INTERCAMBIO, Sound Hall, People’s Arts Collective of New Haven, as well as local artists and activists, to create dialogue and exchange between diverse New Haven communities.

The Workcenter’s Open Program centers on the very essence of theatre: the moment of meaningful contact between human beings. The group’s performances range from the raucous to the subtle and are constantly and undeniably infectious. The current works juxtapose the poetry of Allen Ginsberg, traditional songs from the south of the United States, and original compositions, through which the actors of the Open Program transform the poetic word into living action. André Gregory (Alice in Wonderland, My Dinner with André) writes: “I have not been able to get this beautiful work out of my head. The work is original, unique, passionate and filled with life. With the exception of Peter Brook’s work, it’s the only work I’ve truly loved in the last thirty years.”   All events are free and open to the public.  Seating is limited.  RSVP for your seat.  For more information, visit: http://ipsy.commons.yale.edu/events/

RSVP http://ipsy.commons.yale.edu/performances-rsvp/

Program of Events

February 22 & 23, 2013 – 8:00 PM, ELECTRIC PARTY SONGS (Cabaret-style performance) Calhoun Cabaret, 189 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06511

ELECTRIC PARTY SONGS is a flow of songs and actions based on the poetry Allen Ginsberg.  Members of this international group elaborated and composed all of the songs, generating a stylistically diverse body of music, drawing inspiration from blues, rock, pop, punk, and traditional sources.

February 28 & March 1, 2013 – 8:00 PM, I AM AMERICA (Performance), Set built by children at the Eli Whitney Museum.  Whitney Theater, 53 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06511

I AM AMERICA brings the poetry of Allen Ginsberg to life in a performance with language culled from Ginsberg’s poetry as well as calls, shouts and traditional songs from the south of the United States. The performance unfolds around fragments of Ginsberg’s poem “America.”

March 2, 2013 – 11 AM – 4 PM, SYMPOSIUM: POETRY AS A PRACTICE OF ENCOUNTER Whitney Theater, 53 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06511

March 3, 2013 – 4 PM, ELECTRIC PARTY SONGS (An experiment in the potentialities of a party as a form of art) BAR, 254 Crown Street, New Haven, CT 06511.  Special guest DJ: Dave Coon

Keith Fullerton Whitman

Keith Fullerton Whitman

SOUND HALL and The Uncertainty Music Series present

Keith Fullerton Whitman

Quad Audio and Video

Saturday, February 23, 2013
$12 | 8:30PM
Firehouse 12
45 Crown Street
New Haven, Conn

Pre-Concert talk at 7PM

A self-described electronic music obsessive, Keith Fullerton Whitman‘s sprawling output encompasses a considerable variety of (essentially non-dance-oriented) electronic forms and sounds, with releases ranging from meticulously constructed ambient minimalism to frenetic drill’n’bass (the primary milieu of his Hrvåtski alias), academically minded compositional explorations of electronic music history, and highly abstract live laptop improvisation. Not only as a performing and recording musician, but also as a writer, educator, and entrepreneur, he has been an active and visible proponent of vintage and contemporary experimental and electronic music of all sorts.

Visit http://uncertaintymusic.com for more information.
To purchase tickets click here.

I Am America (2010) – Timothy Hopfner, Marina Gregory, Alejandro Tomás Rodriguez, Lloyd Bricken. Photo by Stefano Roggero.

Workcenter’s Open Program

SOUND HALL and Interdisciplinary Performance Studies at Yale (IPSY) present

The Workcenter’s Open Program Yale Residency

SOUND HALL, in support of the Interdisciplinary Performance Studies at Yale (IPSY), will present a unique and exciting spring program of public events exploring the role of art in daily life.  The program will feature performances, workshops, public meetings and a symposium exploring the poetics of encounter. IPSY is partnering with the Eli Whitney Museum, INTERCAMBIO, Sound Hall, People’s Arts Collective of New Haven, as well as local artists and activists, to create dialogue and exchange between diverse New Haven communities.

The Workcenter’s Open Program centers on the very essence of theatre: the moment of meaningful contact between human beings. The group’s performances range from the raucous to the subtle and are constantly and undeniably infectious. The current works juxtapose the poetry of Allen Ginsberg, traditional songs from the south of the United States, and original compositions, through which the actors of the Open Program transform the poetic word into living action. André Gregory (Alice in Wonderland, My Dinner with André) writes: “I have not been able to get this beautiful work out of my head. The work is original, unique, passionate and filled with life. With the exception of Peter Brook’s work, it’s the only work I’ve truly loved in the last thirty years.”   All events are free and open to the public.  Seating is limited.  RSVP for your seat.  For more information, visit: http://ipsy.commons.yale.edu/events/

RSVP http://ipsy.commons.yale.edu/performances-rsvp/

Program of Events

February 22 & 23, 2013 – 8:00 PM, ELECTRIC PARTY SONGS (Cabaret-style performance) Calhoun Cabaret, 189 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06511

ELECTRIC PARTY SONGS is a flow of songs and actions based on the poetry Allen Ginsberg.  Members of this international group elaborated and composed all of the songs, generating a stylistically diverse body of music, drawing inspiration from blues, rock, pop, punk, and traditional sources.

February 28 & March 1, 2013 – 8:00 PM, I AM AMERICA (Performance), Set built by children at the Eli Whitney Museum.  Whitney Theater, 53 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06511

I AM AMERICA brings the poetry of Allen Ginsberg to life in a performance with language culled from Ginsberg’s poetry as well as calls, shouts and traditional songs from the south of the United States. The performance unfolds around fragments of Ginsberg’s poem “America.”

March 2, 2013 – 11 AM – 4 PM, SYMPOSIUM: POETRY AS A PRACTICE OF ENCOUNTER Whitney Theater, 53 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06511

March 3, 2013 – 4 PM, ELECTRIC PARTY SONGS (An experiment in the potentialities of a party as a form of art) BAR, 254 Crown Street, New Haven, CT 06511.  Special guest DJ: Dave Coon

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Chris Corsano Bill Orcutt

Sound Hall Presents
Corsano/Orcutt duo

with Labbe/Bontrager duo

Sunday, September 2nd | 8 pm
Partners Cafe
365 Crown Street
New Haven, Conn.

This event is for ages 21 and older.

 

CHRIS CORSANO
Like Glenn Kotche and Tim Barnes, drummer Chris Corsano made a name for himself as an avant-garde drum master equally adept in pop settings, and a master inventor in both. With an expressive palette made from various prepared drum techniques, including butter knives and kitchen bowls on the drum heads, Corsano collaborated with Björk, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, and Jim O’Rourke while maintaining ongoing partnerships with the likes of saxophonist Paul Flaherty, Vibracathedral Orchestra’s Michael Flower, and many others.

BILL ORCUTT
Best known as the guitarist of Miami noise-rockers Harry Pussy, Bill Orcutt was already a significant name in experimental noise circles when he released his solo debut. Long interested in cutting-edge art, Orcutt had a Master’s in English and had made several experimental short films, one of which sold to MTV in 1990. He also played in several local punk bands, most notably the Trash Monkeys, before forming Harry Pussy in 1992 with his wife, drummer Adris Hoyos. They worked together for the next five years, releasing a series of uncompromising and confrontational recordings on small labels and gaining acclaim from the likes of Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Sebadoh’s Lou Barlow. Towards the tail end of Harry Pussy’s existence in 1996, Orcutt completed his first solo recording, titled simply Solo CD. It was issued by the New York-based Audible Hiss label, and featured guest vocals from Hoyos as well as instrumental contributions from drummer Danny Arad and saxman Joe Cohen, among others.

NATHAN BONTRAGER
Nathan Bontrager is an active and wide-ranging cellist and educator. Currently based out of New Haven, CT, he performs frequently in the New York/New Haven area in addition to touring both nationally and internationally. While classically trained (MM from the University of Maryland), Bontrager has taken the technical foundation laid in years of study into the worlds of experimental, folk, and early music(s).

JASON LABBE
Jason Labbe, a drummer and percussionist, has recently performed and/or recorded with various artists in New York and New Haven, including Charles Burst, Latitude/Longitude, Weigh Down, MT Bearington, Enoch Kane, The Dust Dive, Bed Smith/Doc Mars, and others. In 2007 he received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia, where he was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. He is the author of a chapbook, Dear Photographer (Phylum Press, 2009), and his poems appear or are forthcoming in A Public Space, Conjunctions, Boston Review, Poetry, Open City, American Letters & Commentary, Vanitas, Barrow Street, Court Green, Cue, and elsewhere.

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Chicago Underground Duo

Sound Hall Presents:
CHICAGO UNDERGROUND DUO in conversation with JOE MORRIS

with performances by
Chicago Underground Duo
(Thrill Jockey, Northern Spy)

Lonewolf aka Ryan Sawyer
(Tall Firs, Ex-At the Drive-In)

DJ King Panos

Friday, May 11, 2012 | 8pm
Intercambio
756 Chapel Street
New Haven, Conn.
06511

$5-$15 suggested donation
100% of proceeds go to performing artists
All ages

ABOUT
Chicago Underground Duo:
Chad Taylor and Rob Mazurek are musicians of considerable talent and acclaim who have created a musical experience that is as challenging as it is rewarding. The two comprise the Chicago Underground Duo, and have performed together in several iterations: Chicago Underground Duo, Chicago Underground Trio, Chicago Underground Quartet, and Chicago Underground Orchestra.

The group was once asked to describe their music. This is what they said: ” [The Duo is] an organic mixture of African, Electronic, Coloristic, Jazz influenced life supporting systematic, non-systematic feeling from two humans trying ever to expand outward and inward for the people and ourselves.”

Chicago Underground Duo arose as part of the new era of improvisational musicians in early 1990s Chicago. They have drawn much fanfare for their mesmerizing live performances and tour extensively in support of each release.

2012 will be a milestone for the Chicago Underground Duo, marking their 15th year together as a band. In celebration of this momentous occasion they have released a new record, Age of Energy, on a brand new label, Northern Spy. Age of Energy is Chad and Rob’s sixth release as Chicago Underground Duo and the eleventh release in the Chicago Underground catalog.

Here’s what the NY TIMES said: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/25/arts/music/25choi.html?ref=music

And NPR: http://www.npr.org/blogs/ablogsupreme/2010/01/chicago_underground_duo_boca_negra.html

Lone Wolf:
The solo project of drummer Ryan Sawyer. A native of San Antonio, TX; he has been leading a balanced life between composed and improvised performance. He has supported and collaborated with such diverse names as Rhys Chatham, Charles Gayle, Tv on the Radio, Boredoms, Thurston Moore, Nik Zinner, Kid Millions, Fiery Furnaces, Trevor Dunn, Gang Gang Dance, Mekons, and Scarlet Johansson. While his work with formal bands have been a linchpin to Sawyer’s integration of musical ideas which include: Stars Like Fleas, Tall Firs, Glass Rock, Family Dynamics, and Eye Contact.

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George Lipsitz

Sound Hall Presents:
Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story

with author
George Lipsitz
Professor of Black Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | 5:30PM
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
121 Wall Street
New Haven, Conn.

Free and open to the public.

RSVP at hello@soundhall.org or on Facebook

“Johnny Otis is one of the most important figures in the history of R&B and Rock and Roll. Through mentoring and showcasing so many brilliant stars in his legendary live revues and incredible bands, his contributions as writer/player and producer of so many seminal recordings, and his decades of hosting his beloved West Coast radio show, his legacy as Professor Emeritus of R&B will forever remain intact.” — Bonnie Raitt

ABOUT
Johnny Otis was born John Veliotes, the son of working-class immigrants from Greece, who ended up changing American popular culture through his groundbreaking work in music, art, writing, radio, and television. But his most meaningful legacy has been his work in challenging the racial inequality and polarization he witnessed everyday in his extended engagement with Black music, culture, and daily life.

Join us for a rare visit by Professor George Lipsitz as he talks about what he learned from Johnny Otis in writing MIDNIGHT AT THE BARRELHOUSE. George Lipsitz is an American Studies scholar and Professor in Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a leading scholar in social movements, urban culture, inequality, and the politics of popular culture. His other books include FOOTSTEPS IN THE DARK, THE POSSESSIVE INVESTMENT IN WHITENESS, A LIFE IN THE STRUGGLE, and TIME PASSAGES. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors of the African American Policy Forum and is a member of the board of directors of the National Fair Housing Alliance.