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Friday September 30th

Music


VSPTRN, a DJ and producer from Durham, performing at the Tracks Music Series concert in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. VSPTRN is known for infusing hip-hop, techno deep house, and afrobeats into their DJ style.

Tracks Music Series comes to downtown through September, featuring local artists

A variety of musical artists performed at this year's first installment of the Tracks Music Series on Thursday, at the Rosemary and Columbia St. Parking Lot in downtown Chapel Hill.  “The main aim with Tracks Music Series is to give music lovers an opportunity to discover new music and new artists,” Melissa Bartoletta, marketing & communications coordinator for Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, said.

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Daily Tar Heel Co-Photo Editor Kennedy Cox riding her bike through Jetton Park in Cornelius, N.C. on Saturday, June 5, 2010.
Photo Courtesy of Ira Cox.

Office DJ: For when you need to go touch grass

"... I have made a point to incorporate both music and nature into my routine to ensure that I feel human. I have to constantly remind myself that there is more out there than my anxieties and my ruminations. When I touch grass, I come back to earth and reenter the real world."

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Sones de México Ensemble, pictured, will be hosting the Sones de México Ensemble Concert & Workshop at the Stone Center on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022.
Photo Courtesy of Juan Dies and Photo by Henry Fajardo.

Sones de México to bring ensemble to UNC's campus this Friday

From performances in Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, Grammy nominations and their ability to collectively play 80 musical instruments, the Sones de México Ensemble is no amateur group. And soon, they will be bringing their talent to Chapel Hill. Sones de México will be coming to UNC on September 9 to host a workshop and concert in the The Sonja Haynes Stone Center. 

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Beyoncé performs during the ABC telecast of the 94th Oscars on March 27, 2022, in Los Angeles. 
Photo Courtesy of Mason Poole/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images/TNS.

Column: An ode to Beyoncé’s Renaissance

"Beyoncé’s newest album emerges as an act of rebellion against these events and circumstances that have the potential to tear us down and break our souls. There’s no singular villain in the story that “Renaissance” tells, but an emphasis on triumphing and reclaiming joy despite all the bad. Her choice to layer the album with variations of dance-centric genres like house and disco is the perfect way to deliver this message of joy."

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John Caldwell, current music ensemble teacher, teaches students at Hill Hall on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022.

‘It teaches you how to just vibe’: UNC’s Indonesian music ensemble

UNC's Nyai Saraswati Gamelan is an Indonesian musical ensemble that features melodies of male and female voices alongside dozens of unique instruments, ranging from metallophones to wooden xylophones. The instruments have been housed at the University for over 20 years since their three-month journey across the ocean from Central Java, a province of Indonesia, to Chapel Hill in December 2000. “I think it's important to UNC, because especially when it comes to music programs, they're really centered in Western art music, which is the 1600s, the 1800s, white male dominated and basically just in the United States,” said UNC music major Jaidan Pearce-Cameron.

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Ben Folds speaks with North Carolina's First Lady, Kristin Cooper, at the Keys For Kids livestream at Osceola Recording Studio in Raleigh, NC on Monday, July 11, 2022.

N.C. native Ben Folds founds initiative to provide music lessons for children

Ben Folds' initiative Keys For Kids is supporting seven non-profit organizations in North Carolina to provide little-to-no-cost keyboards and music lessons to children. Born and raised in Winston Salem, Folds is an American singer-songwriter and the frontman of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five, which was formed in Chapel Hill. Keys For Kids is currently focusing exclusively on organizations in North Carolina, and several of the seven non-profit organizations are based in the Research Triangle.

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