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Panel discussion: On Emahoy’s archive: CU Music

Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 3:30pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, G64 Kaufman Auditorium
232 East Ave, Central Campus

Panel discussion: “Petit à petit, l’oiseau fait son nid” – On Emahoy’s archive

Only a fraction of Emahoy’s musical legacy has yet been represented on recordings and sheet music publications made available to the public. This panel will discuss Emahoy’s vast collection of home recordings and manuscripts, ongoing efforts to steward them (including those here at Cornell), and what we music we might hear from them in the future.

Featuring Tre Berney (Director of Cornell DCAPS), Desi Alexander (Audiovisual Collections Coordinator, Cornell DCAPS), and Cyrus Moussavi (Producer and Owner, Mississippi Records), moderated by Prof. Ben Piekut (Cornell Department of Music).

This event is part of a two-day symposium, titled Emahoy Tsege-Mariam Gebru at 100, celebrating the music and life of the legendary Ethiopian composer, pianist, and nun, Emahoy Tsege-Mariam Gebru. The events will include panel discussions about Emahoy’s life and archive, and presentations of Emahoy’s music (some never yet performed) in live concert performances, and from her personal recordings. All events will be free and open to the public, and hosted on Cornell’s campus.

This symposium is generously co-sponsored by the Cornell Music Department, Cornell Council for the Arts, the Institute for Comparative Modernities, Cornell Africana Studies and Research Center, the Institute for African Development, the Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards, Society for the Humanities, the Jian and Tran Family Charitable Fund, the Music Graduate Association, and Cornell Centers for Equity, Empowerment, and Belonging.



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