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EMP Pop Conference – New Orleans: "Due South: Roots, Songlines, Musical Geographies"

Sunday - Conference Day 3 of 3

Date: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Building: Lavin-Bernick Center (LBC), Second Floor
Location: uptown campus

The EMP Pop Conference in New Orleans will be held April 19-21, 2013 and is hosted by the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University. This event is part of Seattle’s Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum’s 12th annual national EMP Pop Conference.

The theme of the 2013 EMP Pop Con at Tulane is “Due South: Roots, Songlines, Musical Geographies.” There will be panel discussions on genres such as hip-hop and bounce, Cajun and zydeco, country music and the blues. The event will focus on the sound of specific Southern sites: the music of Muscle Shoals, the rap scene in Memphis, the blues of the Chitlin Circuit, the “creolization” of Cajun and zydeco, and the politics of Washington D.C go-go.
 

There will be interviews of Nick Spitzer (American Routes) and Hudson Marquez (Finding Professor Longhair) by well-known local journalists Gwen Thompkins and Jason Berry. Highlighted musical performances will feature Jason Isbell (400 Unit, Drive-By Truckers) with a special interview by Alex Rawls, and a Sunday brunch event, “The Banjo in the African Diaspora,” featuring Don Vappie and Carl LeBlanc of New Orleans with Demma Dia, a group of Senegalese musicians who play the ngoni, a predecessor of the banjo. The event will be moderated by historian Laurent Dubois (Duke University), who is currently at work on a cultural history of the banjo. Visual highlights include a rare screening of the bounce documentary, Ya Heard Me?, followed by a panel discussion with the director, Matt Miller, and a visual tour of Louisiana dancehalls (historic and contemporary) by John Sharp.

Admission is free and open to the public.  Space is limited and pre-registration is strongly encouraged. For more information about the conference, contact Karen Celestan or Joel Dinerstein at the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South – gulfsouth@tulane.edu - or visit the EMP website for a complete schedule of sessions at EMPmuseum.org/popconference or bit.ly/popcon-nola.
 

The EMP Pop (Music) Conference, launched in 2002, joins academics, critics, journalists, performers, and dedicated fans in a rare collective discussion examining the integral role that music plays in the human experience. Seattle’s Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum, now in its 12th year, is pleased to partner with five prestigious organizations located in music meccas across the country to offer sessions in New York City (New York University), Los Angeles (University of Southern California), Cleveland (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum), Seattle (EMP), and New Orleans (Tulane).

Sponsored by: New Orleans Center for the Gulf South as well as Experience Music Project of Seattle

Admission: Free
Attendance: Open to the public
Open to: Alumni, Faculty, Graduate students, Parents, Prospective undergrads, Staff, Undergraduates, Visitors

Please RSVP via the web at http://tulane.edu/liberal-arts/NOCGS/emp-pop-conference.cfm

For more information contact Joel Dinerstein or Karen Celestan via email to gulfsouth@tulane.edu or by phone at 504-314-2889






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