Welcome to ASU Kerr
Welcome to ASU Kerr
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UPCOMING ONLINE PROGRAMS
See all of ASU Cultural Affairs' digital programs at asugammage.com/digitalconnections
**THESE FREE EVENTS ARE ONLINE-ONLY**
Tune in live via ASU Kerr's YouTube, FB Live or Twitch:
Founded by Dr. Daniel Bernard Roumain, the DBR Lab is a project-based development and producing space for ASU artists of all disciplines. Experience presentations by emerging artists who explore digital media, music, film, dance and storytelling. There will be a live post-performance discussion following five presentations of creative work.
Florencia Durón - PhD Communication, MC Counseling
Anton Lapov - MFA, Digital Technology
Lawson Malnory - MA, Musicology
ONOH (Olivia Hernandez) - MFA, Interdisciplinary Theatre (Digital Media & Performance)
Avery Polster - BFA, Dance
Featuring Living Headshot films by DBR Lab alumni, Keegan Carlson
Co-facilitated by Daniel Roumain, Jeff McMahon and Malena Grosz.
Presented in partnership with ASU Kerr and ASU Gammage.
Beams: a live online music series
Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m.
Watch at youtube.com/asukerr
Citrus Clouds is a shoegaze and dream-pop trio from Phoenix. A buzzy band getting huge love from Phoenix New Times, Arizona Republic and tastemakers from the Valley to the global blogosphere, Citrus Clouds creates nostalgic, gauzy music with an astounding emotional breadth that occasionally veers into garage, power pop and desert psych rock territory. Powered by Stacie Huttleston (bass, vocals), Erick Pineda (guitar, vocals) and Angelica Pedrego (drums), Citrus Clouds skillfully demonstrates duality of all kinds with male-female vocals giving a strong foundation to everything from atmospheric, daydreamy ballads laced with shimmering guitars to bassline-driven, crunchy jams. If you didn’t catch them on 2020’s “Independencia Sonica” livestreamed Latin American music festival, now is your chance to jump online, watch the show and chat with another top set of Arizona artists as they take over the Beams stream.
gather: a live online storytelling series
Wednesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Watch at youtube.com/asukerr
Guest host Marshall Shore, Arizona's Hip Historian, tells a true Arizona tale and circles up with two personal storytellers as they gather for stories and a lively conversation and Q&A featuring your fabulous questions! The theme this month is “Fast Friends.” Join the gathering and get to know a fascinating group of Arizona storytellers.
Dive into another brilliant Beams stream as two amazing Valley practitioners of Indian classical music return with a beautiful program focusing on percussion. Ayan Banerjee (tabla) and Sutopa Barua (vocals, harmonium) created one of last year’s most-viewed Beams livestreams. This time, the show will start with an introduction to beats and rhythms in Indian classical music. Banerjee will share compositions and improvisations on the tabla, while Barua will be keeping beats with melody (lehra). The duo will also perform compositions that are over 500 years old, passed down from their ancestors. Whether you know and love Indian classical music or want to learn and hear more, we invite you to tune in to learn about this storied and exquisite music from two lifelong pursuers of its craft.
Barua started performing vocal music and dance regularly from the age of five, and her performances have taken her across the United States, Canada, Japan, Bangladesh and India. She also teaches Bharata Natyam at Arathi School of Dance in Arizona and has choreographed many modern Bengali and semi-classical dance performances for festivals. She received her master’s degree from Arizona State University in Ethnomusicology and taught various Music History courses in the Maricopa Community College system. She is currently learning Hindustani vocal music from Sri Subhashish Mukhopadhyay, senior disciple of Pandit Manas Chakraborty of the Kotali gharana.
Banerjee received his taalim (training) in the Lucknow gharana (style) of tabla from his father Ajoy Sankar Banerjee, disciple of Acharya Hirendra Kumar Ganguly, and from his guru Debasish Chaudhuri, disciple of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. He has had the privilege of accompanying santoor maestro Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya, and world-renowned sitarist Padmashri Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan.
ASU Kerr is a historic Valley venue that is part of ASU Cultural Affairs. Our small staff and facility strive to present a diverse mix of live music, storytelling and theater in order to share the unique perspectives of local, national and international artists. World music, indie folk, jazz, soul, baroque pop and more grace our stage each season. We currently produce free live streamed events to give greater access to music and storytelling programs, providing performance opportunities for artists and maintaining the connection between ASU Kerr, audiences, the arts and one another.
We are shouldering unprecedented costs in creating paid performance opportunities for artists that are free to the public during the venue's temporary hiatus. As a self-sustaining venue, our only income streams are ticket sales, rental bookings, concessions and the contributions of donors.
Consider helping sustain ASU Kerr with a donation to the venue. We are doing our best to bring the joy of music and the arts to you in new ways, and hope those able to financially support the venue's mission of Connecting Communities™ will do so. Your help is vital in ensuring that the shows will go on--online for now--and in person once it is safe for us to gather again.
Want to speak about a larger gift or include ASU Kerr in your estate planning? Contact Tim Walling at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-965-9915 to learn more about how you can assist ASU Kerr at this important time!
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