Music Rising at Tulane to launch musical cultures website

April 14, 2014

Barri Bronston
Phone: 504-314-7444


Music Rising at Tulane University

Music Rising at Tulane, founded by U2’s The Edge, producer Bob Ezrin and other music partners to preserve the musical cultures of the Gulf South after Hurricane Katrina, will launch an innovative website at 1 p.m. April 23 in the Wilson Center Atrium at Tulane University.

Ezrin and other musical guests will be in attendance to help launch the site, which features a curriculum, original content, artists’ biographies and instructional programs designed to increase the study of the Gulf South’s rich musical cultures among schoolchildren and scholars alike.

In what is being billed as a Music Cultures Jam, the event will feature laptop stations for guests to access the site’s exploration of blues, rock, zydeco, jazz, the rhythms of Congo Square and the Second Line tradition, plus an interactive program featuring masters performing New Orleans grooves.

“This is a remarkable milestone for Music Rising,” said The Edge. “Out of this partnership we were able to create a program which fosters national and international study through the work of K-12 educators and university scholars. I hope that this is only the beginning of an opportunity to provide future generations of students a chance to experience the colorful and dynamic musical history from this very special part of the world. On behalf of myself and our entire Music Rising team, I extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make this happen.”

“Our partners at Tulane have created one of the most remarkable programs about the musical cultures and traditions of the Gulf Region, the soul of Music Rising,” said Ezrin. “I don’t know of anything else like this in the country, and I am so very proud to know that Music Rising has helped foster such an innovative course of study.”

Music Rising at Tulane is dedicated to the study, preservation and promotion of musical cultures of the Gulf, the Caribbean, Latin America and the African diaspora. Housed in the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane it features resources for scholars and K-12 educators, as well as an interdisciplinary major through Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts.


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