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Jandoli Institute Will Explore Role of Music Fans in Social Justice -

Jandoli Institute Will Explore Role of Music Fans in Social Justice -

Jandoli Institute Will Explore Role of Music Fans in Social Justice -

Posted: 13 Feb 2021 09:22 PM PST

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — In a forum scheduled for Monday, the Jandoli Institute will explore the role that musicians' fans can play in promoting social justice.

The forum, "Prevention, Proliferation, and Prioritization: The Good You Can Do as a Fan," will begin at 7 p.m. on Zoom.

"I plan to explain that fans of musicians can satisfy their underlying moral responsibility to prevent bad things from happening when doing so is within their power by promoting social justice causes that are relevant to their fandom," said Dr. Alex Gillham, an assistant professor of philosophy who will lead the program.

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Gillham's presentation, part of the institute's "Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts" series, will be followed by an online discussion with:

  • David Freeman, a musician, producer and cultural arts educator. Freeman is a faculty member at Pace University's Department of Media, Communication and Visual Arts and Director of Education for Brooklyn Raga Massive. He also serves on the board of The Association of Teaching Artists.
  • Richard Lee, an associate professor in the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University and executive director of the Jandoli Institute. He writes and comments regularly on the intersection of music and public policy. During his career as a journalist, he covered rock'n'roll for several years before establishing himself a political reporter.
  • Stephen Wilt, an archivist at Media Transfer Service in Rochester and host of a weekly podcast, Street Corner Talking. As station manager and music director at 88.3 WSBU-FM, he interviewed professional musicians, celebrities and athletes. They included Stephen Stills, Judy Collins, Louis Anderson, Doug Flutie, Dr. Oz, Jimmy Page and many others.
  • Paul Ziek, chair of the Department of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts at Pace University, where he teaches strategic and organizational communication in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

To register for the forum, complete the institute's online Registration Form.

The Jandoli Institute launched "Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts" in October to explore the connection between music and social justice. The institute developed the project in collaboration with the Department of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts at Pace University. Through the project, scholars, musicians, journalists and others plan to show how music has been – and can continue to be — a positive tool for social change.

"As scholars, musicians, and journalists interested in both music and social justice, we want to explore the prominent role music has played various progressive movements," Lee said. "We hope that those who have faced unjust obstacles will join us to widen the perspectives developed in our sessions."

The institute serves as a forum for academic research, creative ideas and discussion on the intersection between media and democracy. The institute, accessible at, is part of the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University.

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Renowned organist Nicole Keller comes to Trinity Lutheran Church, Mechanics Hall - Worcester Telegram

Posted: 14 Feb 2021 02:12 AM PST

WORCESTER — It might seem that the notes were all in place for Nicole Keller to become an organist.

"My mother was a church organist, as was my grandmother," Keller said.

In fact, Keller, who lives in Cleveland, has become a leading organ recitalist both in the United States and around the world. She is scheduled to be in Worcester right now for a visit that includes performing a virtual concert at Trinity Lutheran Church, 73 Lancaster St., at 4 p.m. Sunday as part of the Music at Trinity series. The concert will be livestreamed free on the Music at Trinity YouTube channel ( Donations are welcome. Mark Mummert, Cantor at Trinity Lutheran Church and artistic director of the Music at Trinity series, called Keller "one our country's finest concert musicians."

"I'm looking forward to my visit," Keller said of coming to Worcester during a telephone interview last week a day before she was due to come here. 

Keller's path to becoming an organist, however, wasn't necessarily pre-ordained — regardless of her mother and grandmother.

"Not really," Keller said when asked if she always wanted to be an organist.

Growing up in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia, "there was always some music going on," she said. But the piano was her first calling. Keller recalled her grandmother told her at the age of 9 that " 'if you get a good grade on your report card, I'll pay for piano lessons.' I wasn't interested in the organ at all."

She went on to receive a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in Berea, Ohio.

But when she was a graduate student, someone suggested that she may want to take up organ "on the side," meaning it wouldn't do any harm for her prospects to be multi-instrumental.

Then it happened. "I fell in love with the repertoire," she said of organ music. "I played a lot of Baroque, Bach. It was a new soundscape. It really was a wonderful time of discovery, learning how to play."

Also, "the physical coordination of playing the instrument, and every instrument is different. So that is very interesting."   

Keller received a Performer's Certificate and Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. 

In addition to being a recitalist, Keller is associate organist at Trinity Cathedral (Episcopal) in Cleveland and the cathedral's associate for administration and advancement for Music & Art, helping to oversee its BrownBag series.

These days the BrownBag series has been livestreaming, and the cathedral building is closed to the public because of the pandemic, with all services and music online.

Indeed, Keller said Sunday's concert at Trinity Lutheran is her "first recital out of town since last March, so I'm really grateful for the opportunity. I've been practicing, but when you don't have a goal to look forward to it's hard to get going. Pre-pandemic I did a lot of travel. I canceled so many concerts last spring. Solo concerts and chamber concerts."

Playing in an empty church, as she will at Trinity Lutheran, is not as physically lonely as it might otherwise be for an organist because typically "the organ is up in gallery sometimes behind the instruments so we're used to playing alone." On the other hand, "often we feed off the energy of the live audience," Keller said.   

 Also during her visit to Worcester, Keller will be at Mechanics Hall on Monday to record a short program.

Sunday's concert will feature an All-American program, including works by Florence B. Price (Suite No. 1 for Organ), Craig Phillips (Fantasy: Torah Song), Ned Roren (A Quaker Reader), George Shearing, Anne Wilson and Calvin Hampton. All are 20th century or contemporary composers. 

"There's one caveat. George Shearing was born in the U.K., but his music is so iconically American I included it in the program," Keller said of the jazz composer.

"My program is pretty diverse … It runs the gamut of what's been going on in American organ music," she said

The music will include "familiar harmonies, some lend themselves to jazz and blues, and some are more avant-garde. I always like to include a piece the audience may not have heart before."

Price (1887-1953) was an often-overlooked Black female composer.

Regarding being a Black female organist herself, Keller said, "I don't think about being a Black female organist per se, but I know that seeing someone who looks like yourself succeeding is very important. So I think of that more, that's for sure.

"I grew up in a Black church," Keller noted. "Black female organists are very common there. White churches, it's a little more uncommon. There are more male Black organists in the field right now (than females), and I don't know quite why. It's a very cool instrument."

Hudson County Community College Welcomes the New Season with Art, Poetry, Timely Discussions, Music, Yoga, and More -

Posted: 13 Feb 2021 05:17 AM PST

JERSEY CITY, NJ  – Beginning this month, the Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Department of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) will host a fresh season of extraordinary, online events from the College's Benjamin J. Dineen III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery.

Here is just a sampling of the events and exhibits available in February:

Laurie Riccadonna: Eternal Bloom celebrates HCCC Professor Riccadonna's years of dedication to her artistic practice and teaching career. The recipient of the 2020 Association of Community College Trustees Northeast Region Faculty Award, Professor Riccadonna has overseen the HCCC Art Department as professor and department coordinator for the past 18 years. A graduate from Yale University School of Art, she continues to amaze with her masterful work. This virtual exhibition, curated by Michelle Vitale, Director of the HCCC Department of Cultural Affairs. may be viewed at, and will travel to the State University of New York - Old Westbury.

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Azikiwe Mohammed: Tales from Fold Out Chairs and Rashad Wright: in heaven's wakanda is presented in partnership with the Monira Foundation and may be viewed from February 4 through April 2, 2021. The exhibition was curated by Ysabel Pinyol Blasi. Mr. Mohammed is a New York-based artist who simply identifies as a "dude who makes stuff." His art has been displayed in galleries worldwide. Rashad Wright is the Inaugural Poet Laureate of Jersey City (2019-2020) whose works and performance art have been heard on local and national stages. Information may be obtained by emailing

Wellness Wednesdays with Mindful Play Yoga – During the first session on February 17 at 10 a.m., participants will explore the theme "Let it Grow," inspired by Laurie Riccadonna's exhibition. The event will be online at

Tune In Piano Series, curated by Angelica Sanchez, kicks off on Wednesday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m. with guest, Jacob Sacks, an esteemed educator who synthesized his experiences as a musician and artist with his experiences as a student of Sophia Rosoff, Garry Dial, and Mark Kieswetter. Mr. Sacks has led master classes domestically and internationally. He teaches at the New School (New York) and has a private practice in Brooklyn, NY. Information is available by emailing

HCCC 'Speaker Series' Presents Breonna Taylor's Mother, Tamika Palmer on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 12 noon. The live Zoom event will open with a performance by Jersey City Poet Laureate Rashad Wright. The event will conclude with a virtual tour of the exhibition, "Azikiwe Mohammed: 'Tales from Fold Out Chairs,' and Rashad Wright: 'in heaven's Wakanda'." HCCC Professor Dorothy Anderson and HCCC Director of Cultural Affairs Michelle Vitale will co-moderate the discussion with Ms. Palmer. Those who wish to access the "Speaker Series" event featuring Ms. Palmer on February 18, 2021 may do so by registering at

The Young Masters Art Class with Kristin DeAngelis on Friday, February 19 at 10 a.m. at will take youngsters through "A Closer Look: Monira Foundation Presents Azikiwe Mohammed."

Hudson Presents: Conversations with Contemporary Artists series opens by presenting an in-depth dialogue between HCCC Professors Laurie Riccadonna and Michael Lee on Friday, February 19, at 6:30 p.m. on ZOOM and Facebook Live. The series will explore the work of New York and New Jersey artists in this and each upcoming episode. ZOOM information is available by emailing

Saturday Drawing Series with Katie Niewodowski gets started on Saturday, February 20 at 2:30 p.m. on ZOOM and Facebook. Though designed for beginners, the workshops will inspire a love of drawing for all levels of experience. Ms. Niewodowski is a Jersey City based artist who teaches drawing at HCCC and Montclair State University. ZOOM information is available by emailing

Information on all of the upcoming HCCC Department of Cultural Affairs exhibitions and educational programs may be obtained by visiting

Tady: Beaver Valley musicians get radio, TikTok and Super Bowl pre-game time - The Times

Posted: 13 Feb 2021 09:26 PM PST

Scott Tady   | Beaver County Times

Three Beaver Valley bands get featured tonight on 97.7-FM "The Rock Station."

I made sure of that.

As guest this week on "The Grass Roots Show," a program celebrating the region's original music makers, I got to pick four songs to spotlight.

I went with:

•"Hold That Thought" by The Middle Road, the Ellwood City pop-punk band that's already caught the attention of national music site Alternative Press.

•"Ain't My Turn to Die" by Bobby Thompson & The Groove, the Hopewell-Ambridge-Riverside High blues-rockers that earned a berth in the January 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. 

•"Blow" by Water Trash, the Economy area band that's an enticing mix of neo-psychedelic and garage-rock.

As three of the Beaver Valley's most promising bands, The Middle Room, Bobby Thompson & The Groove and Water Trash deserve more radio time — and the expanding fan bases that come with it — so hopefully tonight's appearance on "The Rock Station" helps. 

For my fourth choice, I threw in "I'd Believe in God For You," a cut from The Gathering Field's week-old live album. That once nationally signed Pittsburgh rockers, fronted by Bill Deasy, has been friends to the valley for decades.

That live Gathering Field album, available to stream now, began as an off-the-cuff recording by the band's sound engineer of the group's Oct. 2, 2020, gig at the Shrine Center Pavilion in Cheswick, in front of "a happy, though chilly, masked and socially distanced crowd of true believers," Deasy said in an email. "And I honestly believe that it holds the essence of our sound, all of our unique strengths as a band, the different kinds of songs I have written through the years. I listen and I think, with a little bit of pride, yes, 'We Are the Gathering Field.'"

Get a taste of it tonight on "The Grass Roots Show" airing at 7 p.m. on WLER, also streamed and archived at

Hosts Bob Cupp, and Utah Burgess both have an encyclopedia-like knowledge of music and provide ardent support for bands throughout western Pennsylvania. Last week's show included among its mix Beaver Valley artists Jordan Mclaughlin, The Redlines and The Eldorado Band. I pitched a couple more Beaver Valley artists at them, including The Project Band and James Tobin, as good choices for future episodes, along with "Your Every Sound," a cool track by national alt-rock band St. Cloud, whose guitarist is Jordan Modro of Beaver Falls. 

Brighton Boy a viral star

Alex Bobin has become a TikTok star.

Local music fans know Bobin as the singer for rock-pop-R&B band The Brighton Boys. He moved to Nashville to pursue a songwriting career, which is going well, though the New Brighton native unexpectedly found a huge following just playing around on the youthful, dance-happy social media site TikTok.

"It's funny really, I was challenging myself to make a Tik Tok video everyday to see what would happen, and one one of the last days me and my girlfriend were getting back from dinner and I was like 'We should make a Tik Tok out of that thing I used to do to be funny on road trips' where I basically 'translate' or articulate the lyrics to metal songs in almost a children's book way."

A typical video finds Alex and his GF, Leah Schaughency of Beaver, sitting in a car as Alex blasts hardcore metal music, breaking down the lyrics that appear on screen with amusing social media emoji stickers. Ah, Leah is a good sport about the whole thing.

"The first one I posted did half a million views, so I just kept making them," Bobin, a 2011 Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School alum, said. "Now I have 25,000 followers in less than two weeks and 4 million views for this month so far. Insane!"

Featured songs have included Neverbloom "Make Them Suffer," and jams by metalcore bands like Volume, Veil of Maya and Oceano.

"Some of the labels for those bands also follow me and comment on the videos," Bobin said. "So the labels think they're funny at least."

Vanessa's song + the Super Bowl

Blackhawk High grad Vanessa Campagna's co-written song "Hands Up" appeared in the CBS pre-game show for last Sunday's Super Bowl.

"'Hands Up" was literally written in 15 minutes," Campagna said. 

The Beaver Falls native joined songwriter Bryan Shackle (Kris Allen, Backstreet Boys) in concoting the melody and lyrics for the tune, part of a collection they wrote under the pseudonym Nikki Lieto, along with co-producer Drew Lerdal of In The Groove music company. 

"We created these songs specifically for the TV, film and ad & commercial space," Campagna said in a text message. 

That strategy paid off, featured as background music in CBS's countdown to the Super Bowl.

"It was cool to be part of the Super Bowl in some way," she said. "The project was really fun and easygoing. We didn't overthink lyrics or melodies. We just did what came to mind and what made us feel good. Much different than writing for an artist project or film trailers."   

Campagna and B.E. Taylor Band guitarist Rick Witkowski wrote and performed the theme to "Inocente," the 2013 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary (Short Subject). 

Scott Tady is the local Entertainment Reporter for The Beaver County Times and Ellwood City Ledger. He's easy to reach at Follow him on Twitter at @scotttady 


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