Celebrate Black Music Month at the Studio Museum!
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Intersections: Conversations on Art and Culture
The Legacy of Black Songwriters in Popular Music
A conversation with David A. Jasen, Terrance McKnight, Eric Roberson and Dyana Williams
Since the inception of recorded music in the late-nineteenth century, African-Americans have significantly contributed to popular music in every genre in various roles—as composers, musicians, singers, disc jockeys and even record label owners. Frequently, due to the racial climate of the nineteeth and early to mid-twentieth century, many black songwriters did not receive credit for their compositions, which resulted in the loss of future royalties, income and recognition. For this reason, many songwriters—Fats Waller, W.C. Handy, Bert Williams and Eubie Blake, to name a few—received little distinction, and many more are completely unknown. This conversation will explore the latent and often overlooked influence of black songwriters in popular music.
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Target Free Sunday, June 5, 2011
Opus 118 in Concert
Violin performance by Harlem’s own music school
Join us as for a special, one-hour performance of violin music presented by the students of Opus 118 Harlem School of Music.
Target Free Sunday, June 19, 2011
Sounds of Afrika
Live at the Studio Museum
Join an interactive performance featuring Sounds of Afrika, an African drum and dance troupe that has been celebrating African and African-American culture since 1995.