Category: Past

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

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Woody Guthrie, Race, and the Politics of Protest Music — A Conversation with Gustavus Stadler


Join writer and professor Gustavus Stadler (Haverford) in conversation with BSAW Co-Directors Professor Daphne A. Brooks and Professor Brian Kane on Woody Guthrie, race, protest music, and Stadler’s forthcoming book, Woody Guthrie: An Intimate Life (Beacon Press, 2020).
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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

BSAW Workshop with
Mendi + Keith Obadike

Friday, December 7 10am-noon 469 College Street Stoeckel Hall Rm 106 Food and drink provided. Mendi + Keith Obadike are two of the most pathbreaking artists of their generation. They make art, music, and literature, and they have exhibited and performed at a range of venues including The New Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art. Bold, innovative, daring, and awe inspiring, their work explores,

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

BSAW Year 2Inaugural Meeting
Thursday, Sept. 13 5 – 6:30 PM, 106 Stoeckel

BSAW is back! Following on the events of last year, we are planning another year of meetings, workshops, and public events with some of the great luminaries of black sound studies in the arts and the humanities. Visit our calendar for dates and times of upcoming meetings and events. We encourage you to reach out to your colleagues and graduate student cohorts and spread the word to anyone that might be interested in joining the

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)