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Word of South 2021

Vivien Shotwell

Mezzo-soprano Vivien Shotwell’s debut novel Vienna Nocturne (Random House, 2014), which has been translated into ten languages, has been praised by The Washington Post as “intoxicating,” and by Chatelaine as “an exquisite read.” Vivien recently received her Artist Diploma from the Yale School ofMusic, where she was the recipient of the Phyllis Curtin Career Entry […]

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Matthew Shipp

Known for creating music in which free jazz and modern classical intertwined, pianist Matthew Shipp cultivated a unique style on his instrument. He became prominent in the ’80s in the New York jazz scene, followed by his membership in the David S. Ware Quartet. Shipp recorded a number of duets with a variety of musicians, […]

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Seryn

Seryn is a 6 piece band who now calls Nashvile, TN their home. When listening to the well layered textures of guitars, ukulele, accordion, bass, violin, banjo and various percussion, it’s hard to imagine This Is Where We Are is the band’s debut effort. The band’s strength resides in their vast musical talent and understanding […]

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Rickards High Marching Raider Band

The goal of the James S. Rickards High Music Program is to offer students a solid and well-rounded musical education in a setting that is challenging and enjoyable. In addition, the Band Program’s commitment to excellence encourages the development of strong leaders for tomorrow and promotes tolerance, community service and an interest in cultural diversity. […]

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Vernon Reid

Vernon Reid is an English American guitarist, songwriter, composer, and bandleader. Best known as the founder and primary songwriter of the rock band Living Colour, Reid was named No. 66 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Early versions of the group formed in New York City in 1983, but the personnel […]

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Julia Reed

With writing that illustrates her unique views on the world of cooking, Julia Reed is a well-versed contributing editor at Elle Décor and Garden & Gun. She recently released her latest book, “But Mama Always Put Vodka In Her Sangria!,” where she explores the adventures in eating and drinking in various environments. Uniquely, she has […]

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Vic Rawlings

Vic Rawlings is an electro-acoustic musician, sound installation artist and freelance teacher. He’s been a visiting artist at Oberlin Conservatory, MIT, Harvard, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Princeton, Dartmouth and Wesleyan. His current project, 215 Dead End Road, is a documentary film about the legendary Kentucky banjo player Lee Sexton. He lives in western Massachusetts. […]

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Marcia Porter, soprano

Soprano Marcía Porter made her Weill Recital Hall debut in 2005. Porter has performed with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Beijing International Symphony Orchestra (Beijing, China), the Camerata Filarmonica Bohemia (Prague, CzechRepublic), the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Chautauqua Opera, and Dayton Opera, among others. Ms. […]

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Erica Plouffe Lazure

Erica Plouffe Lazure received her MFA in fiction at Bennington in 2008. Her work has appeared in such publications as McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, the Greensboro Review, Meridian and American Short Fiction. She’s the author of two forthcoming chapbooks, Dry Dock and Heard Around Town. She teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. […]

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Amanda Petrusich

Amanda Petrusich is the author of It Still Moves: Lost Songs, Lost Highways, and the Search for the Next American Music and Pink Moon, an installment in Continuum’s acclaimed 33 1/3 series. She is a contributing writer for Pitchfork and a contributing editor at The Oxford American, and her music and culture writing has appeared […]

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