Dozens of community members gathered in front of Collis Wednesday evening, eager to listen to the colorfully dressed and enthusiastic Czech music ensemble Muzicka, which is on its debut trip to the United States. Violins, a viola and a bass strummed lively tunes alongside a clarinet and a flute, but the center of attention was the cimbal, a traditional Eastern European folk instrument that a casual observer might mistake for a table. The musician strikes the strings stretched across the table’s top with small beaters, creating traditional Eastern European folk music. The group is called a cimbalovka in Czech, meaning an ensemble focused on the cimbal. The band’s playful costumes and spirited songs piqued the interest of passing students who stopped to watch and snap photos on their phones before continuing on their way or settling in to listen to the group over Collis stir-fry. Violinist Elizabeth Shribman ’10 is participating in Muzicka’s 25-day tour of the Northeast. Shribman speaks fluent Czech and lives in the Czech Republic. Despite the band’s lack of English lyrics, the crowd continued to grow as two members of the group began to run and skip in traditional dance. Lexi Krupp ’15 said she was… Read more »
Former member of the Dartmouth Aires Michael Odokara-Okigbo ’12 has released a sample titled Champion Love off his first EP.
The full CD, In the Beginning, will be available on iTunes on August 13. Odokara-Okigbo, who performed with the Aires on the Sing-Off, currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Sophomore summer is notorious for its less strenuous versions of year-round performance groups. Whether you’re not quite as theatrically gifted as you may wish, too involved during the year to join yet another group or simply terrified of long-term commitment, sophomore summer is the perfect time to tap in to your inner performer. Though you might be entirely intimidated by the idea of performing in front of your peers, the directors of summer performance groups encourage anyone with even the slightest inclination to take a risk and audition. Here’s a list of a some of the summer groups available, covering everything from dance to a capella to improv. Shebalite: Olivia Field ’15, Sheya Jabouin ’15 and George Sy ’15 are leading the summer’s famous hip-hop dance troupe. Of the roughly 60 students who showed up to the four-hour auditions on Friday, 29 new members, were selected. Auditions consisted of one group dance and a separate dance for boys and girls. Jessica Ke ’15, a newly minted member of Shebalite, stresses that past dance experience is definitely not a requirement to join the group, though she used to be a cheerleader. Similarly, Field pointed out that many full-year members never danced before joining Sheba…. Read more »
The idea for Big Green Beats, the music blog created by alums Miles Suter ’11 and Adam Boardman ’11, originated from an email thread between the members of Theta Delta Chi fraternity and the Men’s lacrosse team. The site, now in its fourth year, was the solution to “giant email chains sending back-and-forth music,” said Zac Koufakis ’14, a current Big Green Beats writer. Suter designed the website to centralize and consolidate all the music that his friends were sharing and Boardman headed up promotion efforts outside of their friends, said Boardman. Four yearslater, the website receives 5,000 daily unique visitors and up to 75,000 unique visitors a month, according to Koufakis and Boardman. The blog’s reach is by no means limited to the Northeast. The Big Green Beats creators and staff writers “brought the website home to their friends,” said Koufakis, and the site has “a big contingency in Southern California and San Francisco.” The website’s design and content have evolved as it has grown in popularity. Big Green Beats “originally started out as West Coast and underground rap,” but has experienced “a huge shift to the [electronic dance music] side,” Koufakis said. Boardman said that Big Green Beats posts covering… Read more »
When I was a kid, the radio stations local to my Appalachian hamlet frequently intermingled nineties pop and rock with country ballads — the latest from the likes of Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and the Dixie Chicks. Since the region’s unofficial mantra was John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” this was hardly surprising.
Nevertheless, it came as a shock to me when I moved to New England, where country music was considered decidedly uncool (it was Santana and Lil’ Jon all the way). Since living further north, I’ve heard plenty of rants about country’s lack of sophistication — such as how it is only ever about a significant other leaving the singer, guns and drinking — that can be unfair and misinformed. Sure, much of what you hear on popular country stations incorporates these themes, but they do not characterize a vibrant genre that encompasses everything from Appalachian folk to traditional Cajun music…. Read more »
We’ve all heard the bells in Baker Library Bell Tower ring to the tune of the Dartmouth Alma Mater among other songs as we rushed to our 10A or threw frisbees on the Green. For new students on campus, including members of the Class of 2016, hearing the bells for the first time chime to “Hi Ho! Hi Ho!” and “Lean on Me” induces smiles and pleasantly surprised expressions. Visitors, students, and faculty alike are naturally curious to know how the bells work…. Read more »