Event Calendar

Today - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Photos of Perez, Robinson, Salles and Ehrlich

Conversation on Jazz with Danilo Perez

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room (108)

Join us for a conversation with Danilo Perez, Jason Robinson (Amherst), Felipe Salles (UMass) and Marty Ehrlich (Hampshire), who will discuss jazz as an international idiom and its relation to local culture and politics.

Then, join us for a concert the following day for a concert with Danilo Perez: Panama 500: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/calendar/events/node/601007

Tomorrow - Wed, Apr 1, 2015

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Danilo Perez Masterclass

Arms Music Center, Buckley Recital Hall

Danilo Perez will hold a music masterclass at 4 p.m. His concert will be at 8 p.m. the same evening.

On his new Mack Avenue release "Panama 500", Danilo Pérez adds his voice to the tributes with a stunning portrait of his native land, its storied history, rich culture and fierce struggles.

"Panama 500" is Pérez’ most ambitious project to date, the furthest evolution yet of what the pianist/composer calls “three-dimensional music.” His blend of influences makes him the ideal musical chronicler of his country’s history: already a land bridge between the Americas with a vibrant indigenous culture, Panama also began to absorb European culture into its own following Balboa’s arrival. Pérez similarly weaves together jazz and Pan-American folkloric traditions with influences from European classical music.

“[Panama 500 is a] distillation of ideas…mingling elements of classical form, jazz flexibility and Latin-American folk melody…impressive for both its design and its execution, and for the strong implication that those two qualities are inextricable, even indivisible.”
-The New York Times

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Danilo Pérez and Panama 500

Panama 500 is Pérez’s most ambitious project to date, the furthest evolution yet of what the pianist/composer calls “three-dimensional music.” His blend of influences makes him the ideal musical chronicler of his country’s history: already a land bridge between the Americas with a vibrant indigenous culture, Panama also began to absorb European culture into its own following Balboa’s arrival. Pérez similarly weaves together jazz and Pan-American folkloric traditions with influences from European classical music.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets may be reserved by emailing rmihaly@amherst.edu.

This event will be at Buckley Recital Hall, located in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

Mon, Apr 6, 2015

Abdul JanMohammed

Translation and The Black Atlantic: ABDUL JANMOHAMED: “Thick Love: Birthing and the Reproduction of Death”

Born and raised in Kenya and educated in the US (Univ. of Hawaii, BA; Brandeis Univ., PhD), Abdul JanMohamed has taught in the English Department at UC, Berkeley since 1983. His publications include Manichean Aesthetics: The Politics of Literature in Colonial Africa; The Nature and Context of Minority Discourse (co-edited with David Lloyd); The Death-Bound-Subject: Richard Wright's Archaeology Of Death; (ed.) Reconsidering Social Identification: Race, Gender, Class, and Caste. He was the founding editor (along with Donna Przybylowicz) of Cultural Critique, a journal initially designed to provide a venue for the theorization of postcolonial and American minority literary and cultural discourses and for contemporary cultural theory.

Tue, Apr 7, 2015

Paul Gilroy

Translation and The Black Atlantic: PAUL GILROY: “Towards a Reparative Humanism: The Challenge of Translating Inimba”

Paul Gilroy is Professor of American and English Literature at King's College London. He is the author of There Ain't no Black in the Union Jack (1987), Small Acts (1993), The Black Atlantic (1993), Against Race (2000), and Postcolonial Melancholia (2004), among other works.

2125 Stanley Street

2125 Stanley Street

2125 Stanley Street is a performance installation exploring notions of home. Working with collaborators Margaret Paek and Loren Kiyoshi Dempster, the project examines “home” as an archaeological site where minimal artifacts offer points of departure for the re-imagination and reconstruction a domestic space. We excavate the everyday and the mundane in search of a poetic consciousness. Household objects transform into potential sources of revelation and reflection. Basic tasks are infused with virtuosity and nostalgia. Fragmented lullabies and nursery rhymes create an evocative soundscape. Ultimately, the installation aims to invite the audience into a home that unfolds through movement and sound, a home that exists in the present moment through intimate exchange, a home that is is both familiar and yet cannot exactly be located.

With a Q&A with the artists after the event.

Sponsored by The Common and Amherst College Copeland Colloquium.

Thu, Apr 9, 2015

Paul Gilroy Abdul JanMohammed

Translation and The Black Atlantic: Vicissitudes of Translation: A Conversation with Paul Gilroy and Abdul JanMohamed

Join us for a talk with celebrated scholars Abdul JanMohammed and Paul Gilroy, culminating our week of Translation and the Black Atlantic.

Wed, Apr 15, 2015

Lumumba

Translation Film Series :: LUMUMBA

50 free tickets are available for 5 College Students with ID.

Introduced by John Drabinski of Amherst College and followed by a 20-minute discussion.

Made in the tradition of such true-life political thrillers as Malcolm X and JFK, Raoul Peck’s award-winning epic dramatizes the rise and fall of legendary African leader Patrice Lumumba. When the Congo declared its independence from Belgium in 1960, the 36-year-old Lumumba became the first Prime Minister of the newly independent state but would last just months in office before being brutally assassinated.

Tickets available here: http://amherstcinema.org/films-and-events/lumumba

Thu, Apr 23, 2015

nepr

NEPR Oral History presentation

This year, Amherst students, in conjunction with the Copeland Colloquium, have been interviewing Pioneer Valley residents who speak English not as their first language, seeking out the multicultural voices of our valley telling their own stories. The presentation will feature segments from the interviews. Come join us for a presentation of their work.

Tue, Apr 28, 2015

IshimureMachiko

Film Screening: "Towards the Paradise of Flowers: A Documentary Film on Ishimure Michiko"

Produced by Fujiwara Shoten Publishing Co., Directed and music by Kin Tai, English translation by Bruce Allen, 2014. Presented by Bruce Allen, with a discussion to follow on April 29th.

Total running time: 113 minutes.