Plonskser lecture series surveys Cuban artistic production

Last Saturday, musicians Neil Leonard and Miguel Nuñez were joined by multimedia artist Nestor Siré in an unorthodox exploration of Cuban artistic production at home and at large. The event was organized as the annual Plonsker Family Lecture Series in Contemporary Art, established in 1994 by Madeleine Plonsker, Harvey Plonsker ’61 and their son, Ted Plonsker ’86.

BROCKHAMPTON heals, finds comfort in ‘Iridescence’

My first experience involving BROCKHAMPTON came with the solo works of Kevin Abstract, a rapper from Texas. In January of last year, I stumbled upon the song “Empty” from his sophomore album American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story.

Tendai Muparutsa performs original music at faculty recital

On Friday night, Tendai Muparutsa held his faculty recital as a part of the ongoing series of performances by the Williams College Department of Music. Muparutsa is an artist-in-residence at the College, specializing in African music performance and ethnomusicology.

Soaked Oats bring kiwis (and other fruits) to new concert venue

Soaked Oats, an indie pop band based in Dunedin, New Zealand, are embarking on their debut U.S. tour. Photo courtesy of
If you happened to be walking down Hoxsey Street a couple Saturdays ago, you probably saw a rickety RV on the brink of collapsing in on itself parked outside of 70 Hoxsey.

Conversation with Brad Wells, founder of Roomful of Teeth

Roomful of Teeth, the contemporary vocal ensemble founded by lecturer in music Brad Wells, performed in Chapin Hall last Friday before an enraptured crowd. I got the chance to sit down with Wells and ask him some questions about Teeth before the concert.

Blood Orange’s latest album reverberates political protest

My Spotify history is plagued with one-time listens, but every now and then, I find an album that I cannot stop listening to. Negro Swan, the fourth studio album by producer, songwriter and instrumentalist Blood Orange (also known as Dev Hynes), is one such album.

New tutorial studies the unique overlap between music and literature

To M. Jennifer Bloxam, professor of music, there are a few archetypal narratives that run the course of time in many different forms. This idea is the basis for the music department’s newest course, “Shakespeare through Music.” In this course, Bloxam calls upon her students to trace the ways in which composers, screenwriters and choreographers have over time used music to reinterpret and retell the plays of William Shakespeare. Bloxam began her exposure to Shakespeare in a less than lackluster high school setting.