Do It Tomorrow: “Sketch: A Language for Conducted Improvisation”

“Improvisation is an indispensable part of music,” says Jason Cerf ’15 as a means of introducing his senior exercise in music. “If done well, Improvisation proves an intimate understanding of music… The act of improvising, of creating, is the origin of music. Improvisation is the act of thought, the act of creation.”

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An Interview with the Hosts of Philanthrodance

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Happy first week back on campus! How are your classes? Are your professors chill as hell? Want to eat lunch with me because I’m desperately alone and bereft of hope? Any fun holiday stories?

Oh, you don’t care. The weekend is fast approaching, and all you care about is twisting the night away with all two of your closest pals. You’re ready to twerk to some Miley Cyrus, 2014-style. I totally understand.

But if I may, your style of partying sounds a little… selfish. I mean, who’s really benefitting from your weekend plans? Wouldn’t you rather party with a purpose? Don’t you want to help people while getting down with your bad self?

If that sounds appealing, look no further than PHILANTHRODANCE, a cool get-together meant to make the world around us just a little bit better. For more details, I interviewed Peter Granville ’16 and Gibson Oakley ’16, president and vice president of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.

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Do it Tomorrow: Lunchtime Gamelan Performance

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Some traditional gamelan instruments.

When you’re desperate for a study break during finals, you should really branch out from re-watching Freaks and Geeks. Tomorrow at noon, Kenyon’s Indonesian Music Ensemble course will be hosting a Sundanese gamelan degung performance in the Bemis Music Room in Peirce. A gamelan (which after tons of Googling I realized is just the term for an Indonesian music ensemble) traditionally includes drums, flutes, bronze percussion, and sometimes vocalists. Who knows what could happen in there: a spiritual revelation, a new love for Indonesian percussion music? So, brighten your day with some spiritual music to inspire you amidst these long nights withering away in Gund.

What: Gamelan performance.

Where: Bemis Music Room, Peirce.

When: Saturday, 12PM.