Friday, May 31 – Reading – 8 pm at the Global Education Center – 4822 Charlotte Avenue
Saturday, June 1 – Writing Workshop on Poetry and Travel – 10 am in Center’s library
Matthew Shenoda will read from his latest book, Seasons of Lotus; Seasons of Bone. He creatively weaves his Coptic Egyptian heritage and the immigrant experience into his writings, encouraging all to reflect on the way our individual heritages influence our perspectives as well as our actions.
Project is made possible with a grant from South Arts in partnership with Tennessee Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of National Endowment for the Humanities.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 8:00 pm at World Music in Bellevue
The Mockingbird Sings was created by Sharon Cort and Terry Harkelrod, two talented Nashville musicians and playwrights. They have assembled a stellar cast of local musicians and singers to bring this story to life. They have shared much of the music from the play at a couple of our Global Cabaret coffeehouses at the Center, but this is an opportunity to enjoy the play in its entirety.
The play centers around the origins of country music having been brought to Appalachia in Bristol, TN to record the earliest recordings of “mountain people” through main character & aspiring singer Eddie Snow, (fictional) who finds himself by geographical luck to be at the heart of this event. Marrying the sounds he grew up on brought to America by his fore fathers in Scotland and Ireland with the delta blues he heard from railway workers along with gospel hymns, he forged his ideas into a new style of music, and joined the ranks of common folks all over the region who did the same.
Ralph Peer, a music historian endeavors to record the rich and soulful sounds of America’s voice of common people, who could never imagine they’d be heard alongside the slick and composed popular music manufactured out of the big cities. A.P. Carter, who is largely regarded as the “father of country music,” had gathered songs from local folk in the neighboring towns and took bits and pieces and re-worked them into songs, which he molded into a group that became the most popular recording artists of the Great Depression and beyond, comprising the largest and most valuable catalog of songs in music today.
So in 1927, long before the well-known and oft credited as “the beginning” of country music in Nashville “Grand Ol Opry,” Eddie records his first song at the Bristol sessions in Bristol, Tennessee alongside Jimmie Rodgers , The Stonemans and The Carter Family (the “First Family of Country Music,”) becoming what now is commonly held as THE BIRTH OF COUNTRY MUSIC.
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Heritage O.P. is an acoustic percussion and vocal ensemble that fuses the rich cultural traditions and diaspora rhythms of Africa – from South America to the Caribbean – with African American tradition and modern musical trends. Their sound is contemporary with a strong beat and positive lyrics designed to uplift, inspire, and move the listener to dance. They do this, however, using mostly traditional instruments as they share a deep respect for the beauty of acoustical sound and natural resonance. Hence, the “O.P.” stands for organic percussion.
Global Cabaret: $12 ($10 students, seniors, Center members)