Posts Tagged ‘America’s Music’

Swing Jazz History

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Newton Key will introduce two film selections on Swing Jazz of the 1930s and 1940s, and then moderate discussion, Thursday, 7 February 2013, 7-9 p.m., in Buzzard Hall Auditorium. The films, each about 25 minutes, are a selection from Ken Burns’ Jazz: Episode 6, Swing, the Velocity of Celebration; and International Sweethearts of Rhythm. The brief introduction attempts to contextualize the Swing rebellion and to link sounds and events then with those of the 1970s and beyond. This free presentation is open to the public and connected with the America’s Music exhibit at Booth Library.

20th-century U.S. History Undergraduates Explore Ethno-musicology

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Songcatcher. Students in HIS 5350: Twentieth Century U.S. Cultural and Social History presented a public program on January 22, 2013 as part of the series, America’s Music: A Film History of our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway, on display at EIU’s Booth Library, January 11-April 6, 2013. Music history requires interdisciplinary research that draws on history, anthropology, sociology and musicology. It all comes together during field work. This program explored the process that ethno-musicologists engaged in during the early twentieth century to document folk music, through the feature-length film, Songcatcher (2001). Students considered how musicologists established a research agenda and conducted their field work, how technological limitations and innovations affected it, and how insiders related to and interacted with outsiders in folk music collecting. Molly Brown, Logan Bruce, Felicia Comacho, Danielle DiGiacomo, Joshua Jordan, Daniel Lund, Anna Mullen, Clarissa Thompson, Daniel Tomar, Katherine Unruh, and Susan Voskuil participated, with Debra A. Reid, Professor.

Sound Envisioned: America’s Music Exhibit

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

EIU MA in History graduate students Philip Mohr and Patrick Vonesh have curated the America’s Music exhibit currently in Booth Library. (Philip is also a graduate of the MA in Historical Administration.) Library Dean Allen Lanham brought them on to curate the exhibit to go along with America’s Music, a film and lecture series funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibit encourages the EIU community to explore different music styles as social, cultural, and historical phenomena.