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Volume 24, Number 10 — October 2017

Arts Calendar

Singer-songwriter Melanie DeMore to speak, perform at ETSU

Date(s):  October 25 - 30, 2017
Venue: East Tennessee State University
807 University Pky.

Johnson City, TN 37614

JOHNSON CITY Singer-songwriter Melanie DeMore is on the East Tennessee State University campus Thursday and Friday, Sept. 28-29, to present a variety of talks and performances.

The first of these free public events is a "Sound Awareness Workshop" on Thursday at noon in the East Tennessee Room on the third floor of the D.P. Culp University Center. In this workshop, DeMore deals with the political, emotional and cultural effects of the media particularly music and sound on young people.

Also on Thursday in the East Tennessee Room will be "An Evening with Melanie DeMore" at 7 p.m. The artist leads the audience on a participatory journey of powerful and inspirational singing and discusses how sound and voice may be used as tools in political, emotional and spiritual life.

On Friday, in the Culp Center, DeMore presents "Transforming Community: The Power of Our Voices to Bring Change" at 10 a.m. in the Multicultural Center, followed by a performance at 11:30 a.m. in the atrium area.

In conjunction with her visit to ETSU, DeMore appears Saturday, Sept. 30, at the annual Umoja Festival in downtown Johnson City, where she leads a Community Sing at 4 p.m. at the Gospel Stage.

DeMore weaves African American folk music with ballads, spirituals and her original music and brings her audience together through music and commentary.

DeMore traces her interest in music to her parents, who started one of the first black theater groups in Alaska in the early 1960s. She describes her music as being "in the African American folk tradition of Odetta," to whom she has often been compared, noting, "I have a very, very, very low voice."

DeMore has toured extensively, singing at festivals, universities, coffeehouses and concert halls, sharing the stage with such artists as Buffy Saint Marie, John Prine, Josh White Jr., Laura Nyro, Sweet Honey in the Rock and Pete Seeger. She has recorded two collections of her music, "Share My Song" and "Come Follow Me."

In addition to her solo work and workshop presentations, DeMore is on the music faculty of St. Paul's School in Oakland, California, where she teaches a cappella singing. She is also a founding member of the Grammy Award-nominated, critically acclaimed vocal ensemble Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, which tours in the United States and abroad. She majored in music at Incarnate Word University in San Antonio.

Sponsors of DeMore's visit to ETSU include Buctainment, the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, Women's Resource Center, Student Organization Resource Center and Umoja/Unity Festival Committee.

For more information on the Thursday "Sound Awareness Workshop," call the Women's Resource Center at 423-439-5772. For information on all other events, call Joy Fulkerson, assistant director for Leadership and Civic Engagement, at 423-439-8328. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

Topics: Music, Workshop

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