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08-06-19 | Songs for Listening | Trevor Schoonmaker

08-06-19 | Songs for Listening | Trevor Schoonmaker

Trevor Schoonmaker, curator and deputy director of curatorial affairs at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University picked tunes for Tuesday, August 6 at Songs for Listening.

Here's Trevor's picks, along with his brief annotations:
'Meet de Boys on the Battlefront' by The Wild Tchoupitoulas
"Mardi Gras Indian song of resistance from the Uptown tribe, led by Big Chief Jolly with help from the Meters & the young Neville Brothers. RIP Art 'Poppa Fun' Neville."

'You Can’t be Told' by Valerie June
"Tennessee native, singer-songwriter enchantingly blurs the lines between blues, folk, and soul."

'Such a Night' by Dr. John
"This jewel from the late New Orleans legend Mac Rebennack captures the magical feeling of the evening. It’s music to sway thorough the night to."

'U’Huh' by Sinkane
"Sudanese-American sings a much needed “We’re all gonna be alright” in Arabic as well as English over upbeat notes of Afrobeat and Ethiopian jazz."

'Depreston' by Courtney Barnett
"My daughters and I have been smitten with her witty, wordy songwriting. Few can make the mundane feel as captivating and contemplative as Courtney."

Trevor is the Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Patsy and Raymond Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art. Hired in 2006 as its first contemporary art curator, he has helped shape the museum’s curatorial vision & contemporary art collection. Selected exhibitions include the ‘New Orleans Triennial, Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp’ (2017); ‘Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art’ (2016); ‘Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey’ (2013); ‘The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl’ (2010); ‘Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool'’ (2008); and ‘Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kut'i’ (2003). In 2001 he co-founded Jump n Funk with DJ Rich Medina, NYC's first Fela-inspired club night and in 2013 he curated the artwork for Luaka Bop’s double LP release of 'Who is William Onyeabor?'

'Meet de Boys on the Battlefront' by The Wild Tchoupitoulas
'You Can’t be Told' by Valerie June from 'Pushin' Against a Stone'
'Such a Night' by Dr. John from 'In The Right Place'
'U’Huh' by Sinkane from 'Life & Livin' It'
'Depreston' by Courtney Barnett from 'Sometimes I Sit & Think, & Sometimes I Just Sit'


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