Category: Event

A conversation with Tyehimba Jess

Friday, December 10 @ 12pm EST — Online Event Join us for a virtual conversation with celebrate poet Tyehimba Jess and Professors Daphne A. Brooks and Brian Kane. The author of Leadbelly and Olio, Jess has won numerous awards and fellowships, including the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Olio. Zoom link to be posted soon.

The Sometime of ‘Summertime’: Porgy and Bess at 85 & Gershwin Remixed

Friday, October 93PM-4PM ESTWebinar link: Join Professors Brian Kane and Daphne A. Brooks in conversation with Allison Chu (Dept. of Music) for a conversation and critical listening session to mark the 85th anniversary of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.  Together, we’ll examine the racial and gender complexities of this classic production, and we’ll trace the evolution and legacies of “Summertime,” the production’s most famous smash and a song that generations of Black artists (from Billie

Amazing Grace and BSAW Symposium

Inaugural Black Sound & the Archive Symposium February 7-8 | Yale University Download the preliminary program Thursday, February 7, 7:30pm, Yale University Art Gallery Auditorium Opening Keynote Event: Amazing Grace (1972) Screening of historic film documenting Aretha Franklin’s live concert recording of her legendary gospel album. Followed by a roundtable discussion with Robert Johnson (producer), Professor Farah Jasmine Griffin (Columbia University), Wesley Morris (New York Times), Aaron Cohen, (author of the celebrated 33 1/3 volume on the Amazing

An evening with RHIANNON GIDDENS
Tuesday, November 13 at Yale University

Join us for an evening of critical listening with Grammy Award winning Roots Americana musician and MacArthur Fellow RHIANNON GIDDENS in conversation with BSAW co-directors Professor Daphne A. Brooks (African American Studies, Theater Studies, American Studies, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies) and Professor Brian Kane (Department of Music) Tuesday, November 13 Sudler Recital Hall Second Floor | W.L. Harkness Hall Yale University 100 Wall Street New Haven, CT 7pm Free and open to the public!

An evening with Kevin Beasley
Thursday, October 4, 7:30pm
Yale School of Music Hendrie Hall, Room 201165 Elm Street, New Haven

Kevin Beasley (b. 1985 Lynchburg) is a New York-based artist whose work and performances have been shown internationally. His practice engages history and cultural nuance through diverse media, including sculpture, sound and performance. Since 2012, these works have been developed as process-lead explorations in which materials, audio and residue are altered, cast, distorted and rebuilt. Specifically, his approach to sound ruptures the auditory, implicating the body. As Thomas Lax writes in Artforum, “Beasley’s absenting presence—presence

End of Year Exhibition
Friday, April 13 Sterling Memorial Library 10 AM – 12 PM

Join us on Friday, April 13, in Sterling Memorial Library from 10 AM until 12 PM for a special end-of-year event. We are taking over the hallway between the Gilmore Music Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning for an exhibition of black sound archives, both real and virtual. On one side of the hall, the Black Sound and the Archive Working Group will be presenting an exhibition of web-based “sound archives,” curated by

Jason Moran
Thursday, April 12 Sudler Hall, 7:30 PM

Jason Moran is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of his generation. He has produced ten albums and six film soundtracks, including scores for Ava DuVernay’s Selma and 13th, as well as Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me: A Theatrical Performance which had its world premiere at the Apollo Theatre this month. Mr. Moran’s recent releases include The Armory Concert (2016), Thanksgiving at the Vanguard (2017), BANGS (2017), and MASS (Howl,; eon)

Alexandra T. Vazquez Lecture and WorkshopFeb. 8 and 9

Join us for two exciting Black Sound & the Archive events with PROFESSOR 
 VAZQUEZ (NYU). THURSDAY, February 8, 2018, 5 PM
 WLH 309 | 100 Wall St PUBLIC TALK “Adapted City:
 Miami from the Spoils” Abstract: Cities are vibrant archives of the sounds that move towards them and depart from them. Listen with Vazquez to the ways that musicians make songs to make home in Miami, Havana, and elsewhere. —- FRIDAY, February 9, 2018

Brent Hayes EdwardsLecture and WorkshopNov. 30 – Dec. 1

Our next BSAW event will be focused around the work of Brent Hayes Edwards, who will be giving this year’s James Weldon Johnson lecture and holding a special workshop with our working group. Over the course of an illustrious career, Prof. Edwards has made significant contributions  to the study of African-American and African diasporic literature, Francophone literature, 20th-century poetry, translation studies,  black radical historiography,  archive theory, and black music. The publication of his new book, Epistrophies: Jazz