Public Talk with Josh Kun

The Art of the Crossfade: Music, Archives, and California

Thursday, January 24, 2019
6:30 PM | Hale Science Building, Room 270, CU Boulder campus 

The American Music Research Center and the Center of the American West are proud to present a public talk with Professor Josh Kun.

Josh is a cultural historian, curator, journalist, and MacArthur Fellow. He is the Director of the Annenberg School of Communication and a Professor of Communication and Journalism, and Chair in Cross-Cultural Communication at the University of Southern California.

He uses the DJ method of crossfading to explore and animate historic sheet music, vinyl LPs, and restaurant menus as tools in addressing contemporary issues of gentrification, urban redevelopment, and racial inequality, among others.

He asks the question, how do artifacts from the California past help us to imagine new California futures?

Please join us for an evening of engaging discussion. This event is FREE and open to the public!

CLICK HERE to read Josh’s full bio and list of publications.


Concert with Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird

Thursday, November 8, 2018
7:00 PM | Old Main Theater, CU Boulder Campus

This event is free and open to the public.

Daniel KahnDaniel Kahn & the Painted Bird is a German-based klezmer band founded by Kahn in 2005. Described as “an absolute must for lovers of unusual, intelligent, challenging, exciting folk music and a blast at every instant,” the band will perform a free concert featuring songs in Yiddish this November 2018 on the CU Boulder campus, as part of the Program in Jewish Studies Community Talks Series, Yiddishkvell: An Appreciation of All Things Yiddish.

A Detroit area native, Daniel Kahn attended the University of Michigan where he studied acting, directing, playwriting and poetry. After finishing his studies he lived, played music, recorded, acted, directed plays and composed theater music in New Orleans, Detroit, New York and Ann Arbor. He has received awards for his playwriting, poetry, acting, and composing. Learn more on the band's website.

The AMRC is a co-sponsor

Mr. Sweeney's Legacy Lecture


Viva Cuba

Boulder Concert Chorale with Boulder Children's Chorale Bel Canto Choir

Saturday, October 27, 7:30 p.m. and
Sunday, October 28, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Boulder Church

One of the most popular genres of music across the globe, Cuban music is a synthesis of the traditions of the people who settled Cuba from African slaves to European immigrants. The Boulder Chorale will perform with vocalist, Suzanne Morales; pianist, Jeff Jenkins; and a band of Cuban music experts to offer a sample of the different styles developed in Cuba including salsa, mambo, and son. The concert will also feature new arrangements commissioned by the Chorale and an appearance by Bel Canto, the Boulder Children’s Chorale advanced choir.

Please join us 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the performance for a discussion featuring Dr. Susan Thomas, Director of the American Music Research Center.

Viva Cuba

Diverse Musicians' Alliance

Diverse Musician's Alliance

George Rochberg Centennial Celebration

Chamber Music Masterclass
With Andrew Jennings (University of Michigan)
Ajax Quartet: Beethoven Op 132
Pearl Winds: Marquez Danza del Meliodia
Friday, Oct 12, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Grusin Hall

Panel Discussion: Remembering George Rochberg (1918–2005)
Associate Dean Steven Bruns will moderate a panel discussion involving three musicians with especially close ties to George Rochberg and his music. Guest artist Andrew Jennings, Professor of Violin at the University of Michigan, and CU Boulder faculty members Christina Jennings, flute, and Margaret McDonald, piano, will discuss Rochberg’s compositions and his significant influence on American music.
Monday, October 15, 2PM
Chamber Hall

Faculty Tuesdays: George Rochberg Centennial
George Rochberg, one of the unique American minds of the last century, composed in an astonishing diversity of voices. Always personal, his compositional style was at first firmly rooted in the atonal and serial movement. Eventually, it shifted toward neo-baroque and highly romantic. University of Michigan violinist Andrew Jennings, a leading expert on Rochberg's music, joins a group of CU Boulder faculty and friends for a concert celebrating the Rochberg centennial.

Featuring Andrew Jennings and Charles Wetherbee, violin; Matthew Dane and Erika Eckert, viola; Christina Jennings, flute; David Korevaar and Margaret McDonald, pianoProgram: George Rochberg: Sonata for Viola and Piano, Caprice Variations, and Piano Quintet
Tuesday, October 16, 7:30PM 
Grusin Hall


CU Bernstein at 100

Bernstein at 100

This year marks the worldwide celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, composer, conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador, and humanitarian.  

We invite everyone to experience Bernstein at 100, a festival comprising 20 events on the CU Boulder campus over the course of the Fall 2018 semester. Highlights include a Public Talk with special guests Jamie Bernstein, former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, and Bernstein scholar Carol Oja; our own recreation of a Young People’s Concert; and Eklund Opera Program’s production of “West Side Story.”

New AMRC Director, Susan Thomas will be moderating the Public Talk with Carol Oja, Jamie Bernstein and Glenn Dicterow on Monday, September 24 from 4-6 p.m in Grusin Hall. Please join the CU Boulder College of Music and the AMRC as our ensembles, students, faculty, and guests embark on a journey through Bernstein’s lifework throughout the Fall 2018 semester.

Visit the Bernstein at 100 website here for details on all the festival events.

Recreate Your Roots

January 22-25 and February 5-7, 2018
Boulder, Colorado

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Coming in early 2018 and sponsored by the American Music Research Center, Recreate Your Roots brings together musicians representing a diverse cross-section of American roots music traditions—think banjos, fiddles, drums—in an ear-opening way for contemporary listeners. Like a summer camp in the woods brought to the city, the celebration will include concerts, TED-style talks, creative incubation, and community gatherings that welcome folks of all ages from greater Boulder.

The visiting musicians—Jayme Stone’s FolklifeAnna & Elizabeth, and Dom Flemons—all work in collaboration with the past, both honoring and exploring the provenance and social underpinnings of the songs they play. These are songs that come with stories of black cowboys, slyly political Caribbean dancers, and the kind of woman who wouldn’t leave her house without her fiddle and her rifle. With great generosity of spirit, these musicians share their creative processes up close in a way that is fascinating to any art lover or art maker.

Curator Jayme Stone of Jayme Stone’s Folklife says, “We treat old field recordings not as time capsules, but as heirloom seeds passed down from a bygone generation.” Planting these sturdy seeds in modern soil, this versatile gathering of musicians has cultivated vibrant Sea Island spirituals, Creole calypsos, and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes for contemporary listeners on their album.

Similarly, Anna & Elizabeth learn old traditional songs from master elders (especially women) and archives, then weave in new musical ideas and add elements of performance, including dance and moving panoramas or “crankies”. They also take inspiration from other musicians dwelling in storytelling and landscape places—like Laurie Anderson and Nick Cave—and put an avant-garde spin on traditional bluegrass and progressive folk.

Meanwhile, Dom “the American Songster” Flemons, a founding member of the Grammy Award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, slam poet, and multi-instrumentalist, brings his own modern take on ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern traditional music, string band music, fife and drum music, and jug-band music, with both showmanship and humor.

A diverse Latin American program will also be presented by Steve Mullins, flamenco guitarist extraordinaire, composer, and published ethnomusicologist, in conjunction with University of Colorado professor Brenda Romero, singer/violinist and expert on U.S. borderlands--New Mexican, Native American, and Mexican--styles. 

Ultimately, this celebration embodies the values we associate with folk music. To use music and storytelling to share, between performer and audience, our common experiences and humanity; to lift our spirits and lower our stresses; to practice kindness among neighbors, hospitality to strangers, and to feed our yearning for social justice. It’s also about the common good in a way that is inter-generational, inclusive, feminist, and diverse.

It’s music for the people by the people; Recreate Your Roots. To reserve a visit to your class, please contact the AMRC at 303-735-3645 or All events are free and open to the public!

Monday, January 22, 2018 
2:00 pm - Jayme Stone's Folklife Colloquium 
Think Sea Island spirituals, Creole calyps ·, and stomp-down Appalachian dance tune . 
Imig Music Building, Room C-199, CU Campus 

7:30 pm - Jayme Stone's Folklife 
Learn about the group's "collaboratory" process. 
First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine Street, Boulder 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 
7:30 pm - Student Concert 
Student composers create music for horns, strings, and voices. 
Imig Music Building, Grusin Hall. CU Campus 

Thursday, January 25, 2018 
7:30 pm - Jayme Stone's Folklife Evening Concert 
Imig Music Building, Grusin Hall, CU Campus 

Monday, February 5, 2018 
2:00 pm - Dom Flemons/ Anna & Elizabeth Colloquium 
The American Songster in conversation with innovative multi instrumentalists and Appalachian story-tellers. 
Imig Music Building, Room C-199, CU Campus 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 
7:30 pm - Steve Mullins/ Brenda Romero Latin Music Workshop 
The Center for Musical Arts, 200 E. Baseline Road, Lafayette, CO 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 
7:30 pm - Dom Flemons / Anna & Elizabeth Evening Concert 
Imig Music Building, Grusin Hall, CU Campus