If it Smells like Funk

Silk Sonic’s Debut Performance at the 2021 Grammy Awards Show

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(L-R) Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars of music group Silk Sonic perform onstage during the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards broadcast on March 14, 2021.

Artists Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak have combined their musical talents to form the duo Silk Sonic. This collaboration has led to their debut single Leave the Door Open, a track that reminds many listeners of the soulful R&B of the 70s. With matching copper suits and a vibe reminiscent of the syndicated television program Soul Train, Silk Sonic delivered their debut TV performance at the 2021 Grammy Awards show on March 14th after successfully petitioning the Recording Academy through the power of Social Media.

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YOASOBI Album Review

Yoasobi, a Japanese music duo composed of Vocaloid producer, Ayase, and singer-songwriter, Ikura, became the biggest hit of the year in the country. The group formed in 2019, releasing their debut single, “Racing into the Night,” which topped the Japanese Billboard charts for three consecutive weeks in June 2020. Their popularity was sealed with an attention-grabbing animated music video that created a bonafide sensation and their notoriety has only gotten stronger throughout the course of the year.

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Concert Preview: Claudia Hinsdale Senior Recital

“Oh what is holiness?” asks contemporary poet Mary Oliver in “The Fawn.” In contemplating nature as the divine, we might ask ourselves how we spiritually connect to the world around us when listening to fourth year Oberlin TIMARA student composer Claudia Hinsdale’s senior recital on April 25. When Hinsdale sings, her voice settles like a reverent hymn. Each listener’s mind, body, and soul should come into alignment when witnessing the composer’s music. When was the last time we felt akin to something larger, greater? Is there something sacred in the natural environment around us? Perhaps these are questions the artist has contemplated herself in rural Ohio over the past four years, and will answer during her program on Sunday at 8:30 pm underneath Mudd ramp at the Mary Church Terrell Main Library.

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Edel Muñoz Amazes With Latin American Artistry And Flair

Every second spent hearing Edel Muñoz perform is so mesmerizing, it feels like a moment suspended in time. A captivating, world-class performer, Muñoz played the season-ending concert of the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society’s International Series on April 17th. Premiered on YouTube and available on-demand for 30 days, the enchanting program featured music from across the Americas, including Mexico, Venezuela, and Muñoz’s native Cuba. 

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A Full-Circle Concert: Emily Hancock, Senior Recital

A blossoming passion for opera, new music, and a diverse roster of composers: these have marked clarinetist Emily Hancock’s musical growth at Oberlin, and in turn have informed her final concert at the conservatory. On Saturday April 24 at 4:30pm, Hancock will perform her senior recital in which each of five pieces captures a different kernel of her vibrant personality — on and off stage.

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A Complex Yet Authentic Truth

Jazmine Sullivan’s Heaux Tales

by Isaiah Shaw

Jazmine Sullivan
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Despite the instability of the world, artists continue to create — expressing their experiences and declaring the meaning of life in unique ways. Grammy-nominated R&B singer-songwriter Jazmine Sullivan released a versatile album on January 8 2021. Heaux Tales follows the untold stories of empowerment among Black women while laying waste to the patriarchal definitions of female sexuality.1   

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An Homage to Classical Guitar

Italian guitarist Emanuele Buono

How well does the guitar, a plucked instrument, play works designed for other instruments? On Saturday, March 20th, the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society streamed a performance by Emanuele Buono as part of their International Series. In the 50 minute pre-recorded concerte, Buono answers this question with arrangements of works by Bach and Schubert.

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a moment to remember

Ambrose Akinmusire’s trumpet has a voice, and that voice has stories to tell and feelings to share. Akinmusire’s 6th album, on the tender spot of every calloused moment, is many things: critically acclaimed, the 2020 Grammy award winner for Best Instrumental Jazz Album, and a showcase of profound technical skill and experience. But beyond accolades, the record is a collection of gentle whispers, heated shouts, pleas, promises, disappointments and triumphs. 

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Edgar Meyer to Present “Bluegrass to Bach” at E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron

Photo by Jim McGuire

Listening to double bassist Edgar Meyer talk about his illustrious career in music during a recent phone interview was not unlike having a relaxing conversation while sitting out on the porch on a cool, summer evening. The MacArthur “Genius” and Avery Fisher Career Grant awards recipient was humble and down to earth.

Presented by Tuesday Musical on April 20th at 7:30 PM, Meyer will be performing a concert of Bach’s first cello suite and some of his own solo works. The concert will be presented to a live, socially distanced audience at E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron. A limited number of tickets are available for advance purchase — click here for details — and free student tickets in the balcony can be secured the evening of the performance. The box office will open at 6:30 pm.

Regarding the evening’s program, Meyer said “I can tell you very safely there will be the Bach and then primarily my original music after that.”

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“They’re Calling me Home” Album Review: Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi Connect To Their Roots

Critically acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens released her fifth album, They’re Calling me Home, in collaboration with Francesco Turrisi, on April 9th on Nonesuch records. In a small studio on a farm along the outskirts of Dublin, Ireland, Giddens and Turrisi produced the twelve-track record that longs both for the literal comfort of home and the metaphorical “calling home” of death. In the middle of a pandemic, and with songs ranging from Appalachian folk tunes and American bluegrass to Italian lullabies and traditional Celtic music, Giddens and Turrisi emotionally reveal the traditions and intimate roots that beckon each other home.

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