Handling Serious Matters Musically
Ethnomusicologist Among Artists To Give U.Va. Performance Addressing Infant Mortality And Other Developing-World Issues
October 12, 2005 --
WHO: EthnomusicologistHeather Maxwell
WHAT: Performance event – “Handling Serious Matters Musically: Deforestation, Infant Mortality and Community in Contemporary Africa”
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 24, 4 to 6 p.m. followed by a reception
WHERE: Satellite Ballroom on the U.Va. Corner
While working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, ethnomusicologist Heather Maxwell co-wrote and recorded a hit song about — of all things — a simple-to-prepare oral rehydration mixture that combats the effects of diarrheal diseases.
On Oct. 24, Maxwell will bring her passion and expertise for the power of music as educational and communication tools to a performance event, “Handling Serious Matters Musically: Deforestation, Infant Mortality and Community in Contemporary Africa.” to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Satellite Ballroom on the Corner.
The performance will include a blend of traditional and modern songs, some written and performed by Maxwell, that touch on community issues of deforestation, black magic, love and poverty, infant mortality, women’s equality and issues of nation building, as well as youth and the role popular music plays in encouraging them to participate in their community.
Maxwell knows the importance of music as a form of communication in Africa. As an undergraduate she studied African music and performance at the School of Performing Arts in Ghana and conducted field research sponsored by a Fulbright-Hays Award as part of her doctoral work.
The performance is part of a series on Environment, Conservation and Culture, sponsored this academic year by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.
“Heather Maxwell's performance-talk shows that music is a rich and distinctive source of information about the relation of the environment and community health,” said Jeffrey Plank, associate vice president for research and graduate studies. “Music also brings home the universality of these issues, and with this program we hope to involve many more U.Va. students and the greater Charlottesville community in our Environment, Conservation and Culture series.”
The Oct. 24 event also will feature other artists representing numerous nationalities, backgrounds and musical experience, including Malaika Schiller and Nana Guerengomba, two U.Va. student singers and dancers; student bassist Seth Green; drummer and composer Robert Jospé, who teaches percussion and is a member of U.Va.'s faculty jazz ensemble; Charles Kilpatrick, Richmond-based jazz keyboardist; Marthe Bolda, an African dancer from Cameroun; and two percussionists who play with the Kusun Ensemble from Ghana.
Other events in the Environment, Conservation and Culture series include:
- an April 6 lecture by Russ Mittermeier, president of Conservation International. U.Va. recently partnered with Conservation International on numerous research projects;
- a Nov. 11 Bruner Loeb Forum on “Placemaking for Change: Nontraditional Models of Community Revitalization,” which will be held at the School of Architecture; and
- an illustrated talk by National Geographic Society photographer Nick Nichols, at a date yet to be determined.
For more information about the Oct, 24 event, contact Tamela Davis at (434) 924-3606. For information about the series, contact Jeffrey Plank at (434) 924-6901 or email@example.com.
Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298