A concert and conversation with Dr. Julian Saporiti of No-No Boy (Smithsonian Folkways) and Dao Strom (Antiquated Future), curated by Dr. Van My Truong (Ohio State University).

Urban Arts Space
50 W Town St, Suite 130
Columbus, OH 43215
Free and open to the public

Through music, art, poetry, and scholarship, Dr. Julian Saporiti and Dao Strom have meaningfully explored concepts of diaspora and the broader meanings of migrant life. Their musical interventions expand the complex meanings of what “Americana” might look and sound like beyond dominant narratives. 

NPR called No-No Boy’s music “One of the most insurgent pieces of music you’ll ever hear which re-examines americana with devastating effect…An act of revisionist subversion.” 

Wire said “Dao Strom is a Vietnamese-American polymath…. The sounds are in an avant dream pop vein, with gentle vocals, acoustic guitar and electronics all burbling along like a Laurel Canyon brook filled with water of the universal subconscious.”

Saporiti and Strom will be staging a very special and rare collaboration especially for OSU/Columbus audiences, exploring where their respective ideas around music, memory, history, and diaspora overlap. This event will be free and open to the general public. 

As part of the Sound Hall series, launched with support from Yale’s Public Humanities Initiative, this event continues a critical commitment to connecting the arts to the humanities while exploring the larger, deeper impacts of the humanities beyond the university.

Co-sponsored by the Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme, the Theory and Musicology Area of the School of Music, the Center for Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies, the Humanities Institute, Comparative Studies, and Professor Barry Shank.

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