In honor of International Women’s Day, I’m excited to announce a new project of mine, Libration, which is going to focus on the many (MANY) women/non-binary people, past and current, who have critically impacted music history but remain in the dark as far as popular history and the general public is concerned, especially when compared to their male counterparts. These are the composers, vocalists, and instrumentalists who should be household names on the level of Louis Armstrong, Mozart, and Kanye West, but have had their contributions overshadowed because of how patriarchy has dominated music discourse for centuries. Seriously, it’s surprising how monumental yet hidden some of these musicians and their work is.
I’m attempting to be diverse in region and timeline, but because I am mostly western educated and active in a major US city, my perspective and knowledge is rooted in western pedagogy. I am not a musicologist with a PhD – but as a queer woman of color working professionally in music performance, composition, and education across the Bay Area’s diverse music scene, I hope my vantage point can bring something new to the table of feminist music history.
I’m intending Libration to be a blog living within Muse-Tripper, complemented with a playlist and updated frequently. We’ll see what it turns into 🙂 For now, it will be a personal project of mine to share my joy for this cool, wonderful music that totally deserves a fresh listen.
As usual, check in at www.camelliaboutros.com for all my performance and recording updates.
Just aired another episode of Muse-Tripper Radio! This week’s theme was Irish Rebel Music. Definitely makes me want to see The Young Dubliners in concert.
I’m having trouble recording my shows; the website I’m using is a little tricky, but I’ll have recordings up when I get a chance. In any case, be sure to tune in to KZSC next Monday, November 3rd at 2 pm for the next airing. I’m going to check out Calypso music from the West Indies, mostly because I’ve been reading Captain Blood.
Muse-Tripper’s taking to the airwaves! I’ve settled back into my routine as a music major at UC Santa Cruz, and though I’ll physically be here for the next nine months or so, I’ll be mentally (and aurally) touring the world once a week as a DJ on KZSC. Each week I’ll pick a new geographic location and check out the local music scene there, with a tilt towards music that’s developed as a response to political, economic, or social conflict (because happy music gets old fast). The show happens every Monday from 2 PM to 4 PM, and you can listen online at KZSC’s website. This’ll go on for about nine weeks or so, unless the station collapses before that (it’s not exactly up to earthquake code).
The first show’s today, and the location, of course, is Palestine. With last summer’s trip fresh in my mind, I thought we’d dive into Palestinian hip hop, which has become a form of protest against the Israeli occupation. Some of these artists, like DAM, Shadia Mansour, and Lowkey have gotten really big and tour all around the world.
Live Stream! Tune in here! —> http://www.kzsc.org/listen/