POSTPONED State of Sound Stories: Tift Merritt

When

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Add to Calendar 04/08/2020 15:00 PM 04/08/2020 15:00 PM POSTPONED State of Sound Stories: Tift Merritt

Tift Merritt is a grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, designer, and community archivist from Raleigh. She’s released several acclaimed records, has collaborated with other notable musicians like Iron and Wine’s Sam Beam and designer/actor Terry Crews, and is the UNC Community Histories Workshop Performing Artist-in-Residence. Merritt does a little bit of everything and has deep roots in soundmaking.

Peter Askim is the Director of Orchestral Studies and Conductor of the Raleigh Civic Symphony and Chamber Orchestra. He and Merritt have collaborated on “The Other Side of Hungry River,” a site-specific song cycle exploring the emotional history of the Dorothea Dix Park, which was originally built on a former slave plantation and operated for over 150 years as a mental institution until its controversial closure in 2012. Merritt notes that “layers of archived materials, oral histories, medical records, empty buildings, and collective memory remain. This work aims to metabolize this complicated past and demonstrate how storytelling is a healing tool for both individual and community.”

Join us to hear Merritt’s story and the story of this new work of art, which will premiere at the Talley Student Union’s Stewart Theater on April 19.
 

Fishbowl Forum

Where

Event Description

Tift Merritt is a grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, designer, and community archivist from Raleigh. She’s released several acclaimed records, has collaborated with other notable musicians like Iron and Wine’s Sam Beam and designer/actor Terry Crews, and is the UNC Community Histories Workshop Performing Artist-in-Residence. Merritt does a little bit of everything and has deep roots in soundmaking.

Peter Askim is the Director of Orchestral Studies and Conductor of the Raleigh Civic Symphony and Chamber Orchestra. He and Merritt have collaborated on “The Other Side of Hungry River,” a site-specific song cycle exploring the emotional history of the Dorothea Dix Park, which was originally built on a former slave plantation and operated for over 150 years as a mental institution until its controversial closure in 2012. Merritt notes that “layers of archived materials, oral histories, medical records, empty buildings, and collective memory remain. This work aims to metabolize this complicated past and demonstrate how storytelling is a healing tool for both individual and community.”

Join us to hear Merritt’s story and the story of this new work of art, which will premiere at the Talley Student Union’s Stewart Theater on April 19.
 

Contact Information

Jason Evans Groth
(919) 515-2590

Admission Information

Free and open to the public.

Accessibility

If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Marian Fragola at marian_fragola@ncsu.edu or 919-513-3481 to arrange services. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs​.

photo of Tift Merritt

photo of Tift Merritt