Posts Tagged ‘Afro-Futurism’

Week in Review (Jazz in the City)

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

When you hear the Screaming Headless Torsos on stage, its like you are listening to the past, present and future of jazz all at the same time.

Street gaze (part 41)

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
Urban Video Project screened Western Union: Small Boats by Issac Julien in Everson Plaza

The Urban Video Project screened Issac Julien's Western Union: Small Boats at Everson Plaza.

Students of Inspiration, not Limitation

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Former SU Dean and program namesake Barry Wells

Former SU Dean and program namesake Barry Wells



Maybe it’s because I have two mentors who began educational transition programs that got me interested in finding out more about the WellsLink Leadership program at Syracuse University.  It also could be the fact that I too was a member of a similar program. Either way, I was happy to hear that the organization celebrate its celebrating its 10th year anniversary on campus.

This year’s speaker was poet Nikki Giovanni. Giovanni was introduced by former SU staffer Dr. Paul Buckley. There was also an appearance by former SU Dean Barry Wells, who started the program. To get an appreciation of what the WellsLink has done, and continues to achieve, listen to the sound clip from Paul Buckley below.

Featured speaker for the event: Poet and educator Nikki Giovanni

Featured speaker for the event poet and educator Nikki Giovanni read a few of her pieces during the Friday afternoon ceremony.

Paul Buckley, dean for undergraduate students at Dartmouth College

Dr. Paul Buckley, who currently serves as a dean for undergraduate students at Dartmouth College, worked closely with the WellsLink program when he was at Syracuse University.

Hanging on a String

Thursday, October 24th, 2013



DBR from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

Composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, aka DBR, is part of a new collective of musicians (think DJ Spooky and Dr. Dre) who push the envelope and explore uncharted territory, forge historic collaborations, and basically are re-writing the rules of what it means to be a performer/producer and artist.

Roumain talked to us before his performance at the Community Folk Art Center’s series exploring music from the African Diaspora.

The Sound, Fusion & Future

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

DJ Spooky In Concert: Happening

DJ Spooky In Concert: Sonification



So this is what edge-craft sounds like…

After seeing the DJ Spooky concert we are convinced he was influenced by Pharaoh Sanders or Sun Ra.  His futuristic, genre-bending show took the definition of mixing to the far reaches of anything Hip Hop has seen. In a toned-down exhibition that included a commentary/listening party, DJ Spooky blending the sounds of nature with club beats and the live musicianship of the Central New York Jazz Orchestra (including Brett Zvacek and Joe Davoli).

The Future of the Mix: DJ Spooky with members of the Central New York Jazz Orchestra

The Future of the Mix: DJ Spooky on stage with musicians for a live sample/mix.

Found in Translation

Friday, June 21st, 2013

We know the semester is over, but how cool is it that historian/cultural critic Greg Tate, a professor at Brown University, used two Syracusans as a reference for his course this Spring on Afro-futurism? Tate gives the Cuse an indirect shout-out by talking about singer Grace Jones and writer George S. Schuyler.   And speaking of academics,  we wonder how many students know that Schuyler’s papers are housed at Bird Library at Syracuse University (special collections).