Recent Events

Phantom Carriage

A Silent Film featuring live music by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra (dir. by Rodney Sauer)

Sunday, November 17, 2019
2:00 PM | Muenzinger Auditorium, CU Boulder Campus

Free and open to the public

Hosted by the American Music Research Center and the International Film Series in celebration of the recent Grauman Theater Collection gift by Rodney Sauer.

Phantom CarriageThe last person to die on New Year’s Eve before the clock strikes twelve is doomed to take the reins of Death’s chariot and work tirelessly collecting fresh souls for the next year. So says the legend that drives The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen in Swedish), directed in 1921 by the father of Swedish cinema, Victor Sjöström. The story, based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf, concerns an alcoholic, abusive ne’er-do-well (Sjöström himself) who is shown the error of his ways, and the pure-of-heart Salvation Army sister who believes in his redemption. This extraordinarily rich and innovative silent classic (which inspired Ingmar Bergman to make movies) is a Dickensian ghost story and a deeply moving morality tale, as well as a showcase for groundbreaking special effects.

The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra will perform a score drawn from the Grauman Theater Collection to accompany the film.  This early fantasy/horror film, directed by Victor Sjöström, is notable for its special effects and is considered to have been a key influence on The Shining.  It's a great vehicle for an exiting musical experience. 


Cantabile

A Place to Return To

Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sudnay, November 10, 2019 at 3 pm
First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine Street, Boulder

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African American Music-At the Crossroads 

With Dr. Dwandalyn R. Reece, Dom Flemons and Friends

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Chancellor's Auditorium, CASE Building on CU Boulder campus

Free and Open to the Public

4:30  At the Crossroads: African American Music-Making in American Life
A talk by Dr. Dwandalyn R. Reece, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Drawing upon objects in the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s collection, where she is Curator of Music and Performing Arts, Dr. Dwandalyn R. Reece will present, "At the Crossroads: African American Music-Making in American Life," an exploration of how objects deepen our understanding of music in the United States, offering new ways to construct narratives about the social, cultural and historical meaning music holds in our daily lives. The ways we engage with music is constantly evolving and the multiple worlds that music inhabits is a culture unto itself.  Within this movement to document, preserve and interpret music’s existence, is a growing interest in music’s material culture, the tangible objects that are the material evidence of its existence.

5:30  Black Banjo & Beyond Roundtable
A discusion with Dr. Dwandalyn R. Reece, Dom Flemons, Johnny Baier, and Otis Taylor

In conjunction with Dr. Reece's preceding talk and the Trance Blues Jam Festival taking place on November 9, 2019 at eTown Hall, the AMRC will present, Black Banjo & Beyond Roundtable, a discussion with Dr. Dwandalyn R. Reece, Dom Flemons ("The American Songster," Grammy Award winner, and founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops), Johnny Baier (Executive Director of the American Banjo Museum), and Otis Taylor (Roots Music Visionary and founder of the Trance Blues Festival in Boulder, now in its 9th year).

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Photo: (left to right) Dr. Dwandalyn R. Reece, Dom Flemons, Johnny Baier, and Otis Taylor


Cuban Music with Luis Barbería 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 3pm
Chancellor's Auditorium Reception Area, CASE Building on CU Boulder campus

Free and Open to the Public
Limited Seating

A founding member of the legendary Cuban collective Habana Abierta, guitarist, composer, producer, and arranger Luis Barbería is known for his intricate guitar work and his innovative usage of Afro-Cuban rhythms and his reinvention of  classic Cuban genres such as bolero and rumba.  As a solo artist, he has produced three albums including A Full, which won best record in the fusion category in Cuba's national music awards, Cubadisco.  His most recent album, Fuerza y Luz, was released in October 2018.  

Barbería photo


No-No Boy in Concert

With Julian Saporiti and Emilia Halvorsen

Friday, October 11, 2019
7:30 pm | Grusin Hall, Imig Music Building on CU Boulder campus

Free and open to the public
This performance is sponsored by a grant from the Roser Visiting Artist Endowment

NPR has described No-No Boy as"An act of revisionist subversion." 

NY Music Daily wrote after that "Saporiti’s tunesmithing ranks with any of the real visionaries of this era."

Julian No No boyNo-No Boy is an immersive multimedia work combining original folk songs, storytelling, and projected archival images, bridging a divide between art and scholarship. Taking inspiration from his own family’s history living through the Vietnam War, as well as interviews with World War II Japanese Incarceration camp survivors and other stories of Asian American experience, Nashville born songwriter Julian Saporiti has transformed years of doctoral research at Brown University into an innovative concert / dissertation, all in an effort to bring this work to a broader audience.

2018 saw the release of the first No-No Boy album 1942 and an ambitious national tour which largely focused on sharing the collection of songs Saporiti had written about WWII Japanese American Incarceration and the links he saw between that history, his family story and today's immigration policies. In the spring of 2019, Saporiti expanded the project’s scope, embarking with longtime collaborator and photographer Diego Luis and their Brown colleague Juan Betancourt on a trip to the Mexican border. Playing concerts for asylum seekers and aid workers in Laredo, Crystal City (former home of a WWII Internment Camp), and Dilley, TX (current home to the largest family detention center), the experience was jarring, impactful and created an eery sense of deja-vu, walking through and making music amongst overlapping histories, surrounded by lessons seemingly unlearned. 


Public Talk with Julian Saporiti 

"Transforming Scholarship Into Song"

Monday, October 7, 2019
2:00 pm | Music Theater in the Imig Music Building on CU Boulder campus

Free and open to the public
This talk is sponsored by a grant from the Roser Visiting Artist Endowment

Doctoral candidate Julian Saporiti will discuss how his dissertation project at Brown University "No-No Boy" which examines musical cultures of transpacific and Asian refugee communities has turned into a multimedia work incorporating film, photography, museum curation and songwriting. Saporiti will show a short film about about jazz in Japanese American Incarceration Camps as well as perform a couple of original songs inspired by his research and discuss his process. He will be joined by one of his collaborators Emilia Halvorsen who will also discuss how she has added embroidery and costume design into the project. 

Julian Saporiti


McIntosh County Shouters

Presented by NAACP Boulder County

Sunday, June 23, 2019
2:30 - 5:30 pm | Macky Auditorium on CU Boulder campus

Macintosh County ShoutersFree (with registration) and welcoming to children and families
Tickets: http://bit.ly/MCSnaacp

On Sunday afternoon June 23, 2:30 pm, the NAACP Boulder County will present the McIntosh County Shouters at Macky Auditorium. Seeing them perform at Macky is a once in a lifetime occurrence as members are aging, dwindling in numbers, and their Gullahah Geechee way of life is disappearing. Condos and high rise buildings are replacing the farm and coastal areas of their once quiet island off the coast of Georgia.

The McIntosh County Shouters are Master Artists of the Ring Shout, a nearly extinct art form carried to the United States by enslaved Africans. The Ring Shout is the oldest known African American performance tradition remaining on the North American continent. It is a historical narrative expressed in the oral tradition of sound, song, and movement, a unique fusion of dance, song, and percussion.