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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

fire on the mountain a bluegrass symposium

A symposium on bluegrass at Harvard University this Saturday and it's free, plus you will get to hear Alison Brown, Bobby Hicks, and Sam Bush. Click the links below for schedule, topics, and directions.

 

fire on the mountain

a bluegrass symposium

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Thompson Room, Barker Center

12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Harvard University

Free and open to the public; no tickets required.

(Directions & Important Information)

Sponsored by the Committee on Degrees in Folklore & Mythology, the Office for the Arts at Harvard (OFA), the Office of the Provost, the Undergraduate Council, and the Harvard College American Music Association (HCAMA)

(Note: this is a draft schedule; some aspects may change, or be clarified, as the event approaches.)

10:30 am     Welcome and Coffee

10:45 am     Introductory Remarks

                          Deborah Foster & Forrest O’Connor

11:00 am     Keynote Address

Matt Glaser (Berklee School of Music, American Roots Music Program)

11:30 am     Bluegrass: Its Roots and Branches

Historians, ethnomusicologists, and academically inclined performers consider the

history of bluegrass: its diverse (and controversial) roots, its major proponents, its

evolution, and its possible future.

                         Neil Rosenberg (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

                         Jack Tottle (East Tennessee State University)

                         Michelle Kisliuk (University of Virginia)

                         Alison Brown ’84 (Bluegrass musician, Compass Records)

                         Garry West (Bluegrass musician, Compass Records)

                         Scott Alarik (moderator) (Folk music writer, Boston Globe)

1:00 pm      Brief Musical Interlude

1:15 pm      Light Lunch for Attendees

2:15 pm      The Instruments of Bluegrass: Craft to Sound

Renowned guitar- and mandolin-maker Lynn Dudenbostel discusses his craft (and

the ways in which it relates to bluegrass), and displays actual samples of his work.

Afterward,  Forrest O’Connor presents his undergraduate thesis on luthiery, and Sam

Bush test-drives a Dudenbostel F-5.

                         Lynn Dudenbostel (Dudenbostel Stringed Instruments)

                         Forrest O’Connor ’10 (Harvard University)

                         Sam Bush (Bluegrass musician, TG2 Artists)

3:00 pm      Coffee Break

3:30 pm      Contemporary Bluegrass: A Discussion with Musicians

Notable bluegrass musicians demonstrate (and break apart) seminal bluegrass works.

                         Alison Brown ’84 (Bluegrass musician, Compass Records)

                         Sam Bush (Bluegrass musician, TG2 Artists)

                         Bobby Hicks (Bluegrass musician)

                         Jack Tottle (moderator) (East Tennessee State University)

5:00 pm      Dinner Break

7-8:30 pm  Evening Performance

                        Clint Miller ’11(Harvard University) opening

                        Alison Brown ’84 (Bluegrass musician, Compass Records)

                        Sam Bush (Bluegrass musician, TG2 Artists)

                        Bobby Hicks (Bluegrass musician)

fire on the mountain a bluegrass symposium

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