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Fall 2020 Residency

The Center for the Arts and Humanities welcomes Rhiannon Giddens, the 2019-2021 Frank Sinatra Artist-in-Residence, and guests Francesco Turrisi and Justin Harrington.

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Rhiannon Giddens

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Francesco Turrisi

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Justin Harrington

The following events are open to all.

Monday, October 26

  • 11:45 AM - 12:50 PM
    Monday, October 26
     
     

    The Impact of American Slave Era Music on Western Music


    Rhiannon Giddens will discuss how the music of enslaved Africans influenced not just music in the Americas but also Western classical music at large. How does this musical history complicate our understandings of music history as well as race, genre, and culture?

    Tony Rivera (Music)

  • 2:15 - 3:20 PM
    Monday, October 26

    The Perception of Sound: Is it Noise or Music?


    How do our experiences affect what we hear? Multi-instrumentalist and composer Francesco Turrisi will share how he perceives sounds and creates music.

    Matt Bell (Psychology)

Tuesday, October 27

  • 10:20 AM - Noon
    Tuesday, October 27
     
     

    Cooking Italian with Francesco Turrisi


    Multi-instrumentalist and composer, Francesco Turrisi, will share his culinary skills and Italian heritage from his home kitchen in Ireland. Two dishes he will prepare are simple and cover the basics of Italian food, a pasta and a risotto, to reflect on both his Southern and Northern heritage. On the menu: Pasta alla Milanese (nothing to do with Milan, but very Sicilian!) and Risotto con gamberi e zafferano. This program will be held in both English and Italian.

    Italian Studies Program

Wednesday, October 28

  • Noon - 1 PM
    Wednesday, October 28
     
     

    Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi in Concert


    Join SCU’s Sinatra Artist in Residence and Grammy-winning musician, Rhiannon Giddens, with special guest multi-instrumentalist, Francesco Turrisi, for this live virtual performance—their first during Giddens' Fall Residency at SCU. Both Giddens and Turrisi incorporate the history of music into their sound, bringing context and emotion to the forefront, and thus illuminating the universality of music and the commonality of the human experience.

    Ray Furuta (Music)

  • 1:00 - 2:05 PM
    Wednesday, October 28
     

    Rap Music as Folk Music


    Justin “Demeanor” Harrington (also Rhiannon’s nephew!) will talk about his integration of hip-hop and banjo as well as his ideas about hip-hop as "folk" music and artistic activism.

    Christina Zanfagna (Music)

  • 2:15 - 3:20 PM
    Wednesday, October 28
     
     

    Black Banjo Histories


    Rhiannon Giddens will explore the history of the banjo as it relates to the diasporic links between Africa and the United States—how ideas about Africa and blackness have been both mapped onto the banjo and erased from banjo history.

    Christina Zanfagna (Music)

Friday, October 30

  • 11:45 AM - 12:50 PM
    Friday, October 30
     
     

    Improvisation in Early Renaissance and Baroque Music


    Francesco Turrisi will talk about the improvisation repertoire for different instruments during this time period, drawing comparisons to jazz, his primary training, to explain these early Western improvisational practices.

    Tony Rivera (Music)

  • 2:15 - 3:20 PM
    Friday, October 30
     
     

    A Survey on North African Music


    Francesco Turrisi will give an introduction to the music of North Africa, sharing many examples from a diverse and dynamic range of Arab musical traditions.

    Christina Zanfagna (Music)

 

The following sessions are also happening this week but are not open to the public:

  • Friendship: Ancient and Modern with Angela Holzmeister (Classics)
  • Archival Research with Amy Lueck (English)
  • Johnson Scholars Program with Mollie Mertes '21 (The Honors Program)