Community Reading Events 2017-2018

Fall semester

 

Cheikh Lô & The Ndiguel Band – Concert

 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
8 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts
317 Hamilton Street (at High Street)
College Hill, Easton, PA

“Cheikh Lô has a voice that can move from a prescient whisper to a searing gut cry… an eclectic composer and arranger who tries new ideas on every song” (NPR). Conveying a laidback funk within the rippling polyrhythms of Senegal’s signature mbalax, he cross-pollinates with Ghanaian high-life, Jamaican reggae, and Afro-Cuban beats that keep his band’s talking drums particularly chatty. With a gentle, high tremolo or sudden bass-line plunge, Cheikh Lô implores listeners to embrace peace, love, and steadfast spirituality; one needn’t be fluent in Wolof or Bambara to be carried away by his captivating voice.

Tickets available from July 1 at the Williams Center for the Arts.

Cheikh Lô will be in residency at Lafayette during the week of his concert. Several of his activities are free and open to everyone:

Wednesday, September 27
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch and panel discussion with Cheikh Lô, Prof. Wendy Wilson-Fall, and Dr. Ousmane Sene. Brown bag lunch provided. Skillman Library’s Gendebien Room
1:30-2:00 p.m. Yelimane Fall exhibit (see below) walk-through with Skillman Library’s Director of Special Collections Diane Shaw, Cheikh Lô, and Drs. Sene and Wilson-Fall. Skillman Library
7:00 p.m.  Pre-concert talk by Dr. Ousmane Sene, Williams Center for the Arts, Room 108

Thursday September 28
10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Discussion with Cheikh Lô moderated by Prof. Wendy Wilson-Fall and hosted by the Muslim Students Association. Using a white tent and carpets, the group will set up a mosque on the Lafayette quad.
 

The Sachal Jazz Ensemble – Concert

 

Thursday, November 2, 2017
8 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts
317 Hamilton Street (at High Street)
College Hill, Easton, PA

In defiance of years-long Taliban influence on local culture, Pakistan’s classical masters preserved their music and improvisational techniques underground, emerging in 2011 with an ambitious recording covering Western jazz standards on traditional instruments. The Sachal Jazz Ensemble’s angle on Paul Desmond’s “Take Five” went viral, earning them world-wide recognition and an invitation from Wynton Marsalis to perform at Lincoln Center. In this cross-cultural, genre-bending concert, works by Mancini, Brubeck, and Grusin converse with practices from a cradle of civilization on sitar, flute, sarangi, and tablas—truly the quintessence of “world music.”

Tickets available from July 1 at the Williams Center for the Arts.

 

Iman Raad – Lecture

 

Thursday, November 2, 2017
4:00 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts
Room 108
317 Hamilton Street (at High Street)
College Hill, Easton, PA

Iranian artist Iman Raad’s highly contemporary aesthetic marries influences as diverse as traditional Persian miniatures and digital glitch art. As part of his residency at Lafayette’s Experimental Printmaking Institute, he will discuss his work and influences in this public lecture.

 

Spring semester

 

Lalla Essaydi – Gallery Show

February 3 – April 7, 2018

Williams Center Gallery
Williams Center for the Arts
317 Hamilton Street (at High Street)
College Hill, Easton, PA

Lalla Essaydi isn’t afraid to appropriate Orientalist imagery from the Western painting tradition in order to invite viewers to reconsider the Orientalist mythology. Her sumptuous explorations of the image of woman in Islamic society address the complex reality of Arab female identity from the unique perspective of personal experience. As Essaydi puts it, “In my art, I wish to present myself through multiple lenses—as artist, as Moroccan, as traditionalist, as liberal, as Muslim. In short, I invite viewers to resist stereotypes.”

http://www.artnet.com/artists/lalla-essaydi/

Lalla Essaydi, from Converging Territories series

Ping Chong + Company
Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity – Theater

Friday, February 9, 2018
8 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts
317 Hamilton Street (at High Street)
College Hill, Easton, PA

With stark simplicity and a narrative that feels remarkably relevant to the moment, Beyond Sacred stages the personal and complex stories of young Muslim New Yorkers at a time of increasing Islamophobia. Created by Ping Chong + Company, this interview-based theater production illuminates the daily experiences of individuals who reflect a wide range of Muslim identities, yet share the commonality of coming of age after 9/11 and of being the “other” in America. A poignant new work, and “a lesson in human understanding, drawn from real lives” (The New York Times).

Tickets available from July 1 at the Williams Center for the Arts.

 

Niyaz
The Fourth Light Project – Concert

 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
8 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts
317 Hamilton Street (at High Street)
College Hill, Easton, PA

A heady blend of acoustic and electronic, East and West, poetry and politics, Niyaz’s richly textured arrangements, sweeping choruses, and velvety vocals—courtesy of front woman Azam Ali—take inspiration from Sufi poetry, Middle Eastern folk music, and the musicians’ experiences as 21st-century global citizens. It’s “Los Angeles meets New Delhi meets Tehran,” notes NPR, yet The Fourth Light Project is a world unto itself—a modern-day global trance experience, featuring one of the first female whirling dervishes and hypnotic body-mapping projections that respond to sound and movement in real time.

Tickets available from July 1 at the Williams Center for the Arts.

 

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