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Duke/UNC Nannerl O. Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professorship

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Carolina Performing Arts invites you to connect with Duke/UNC Nannerl O. Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor Jace Clayton through this series of groundbreaking performances and events in Durham and Chapel Hill.

All events are free and open to the public.

Cumbia Sonidera Salon: Listening party and discussion

Monday, April 2, 6–8 PM
El Centro Hispano
2000 Chapel Hill Rd, #26A
Durham, NC 27707

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This bilingual discussion & listening event brings together one of NYC’s foremost Mexican soundsystem operators, Alejandro Aviles (aka Sonido Kumbala), anthropologist Alexandra Lippman, and Jace Clayton. They will use Mexican-American cumbia songs to spark conversation on music, immigrant media systems, and translation. Cumbia sonidera combines music and on-the-mic shoutouts to absent people and places to create an auditory archive of memory and longing across the US-Mexico border. This event will be followed by free tacos for attendees. Space is limited, so please arrive early. >> RSVP on Facebook

This event is being hosted in partnership with Centro Hispano.

Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner: A Concert Performance

Wednesday, April 4, 8 PM
The Fruit
305 S. Dillard St
Durham, NC 27701

Julius DinnerJace Clayton brings fresh insight into the exhilarating minimalism of the mercurial composer Julius Eastman, in an evening-length performance of grand pianos, electronics, and voice. As Clayton live-processes the pianos of David Friend and Emily Manzo, he also intersperses musical vignettes—performed by neo-Sufi vocalist Arooj Aftab—to lend context and nuance to the composer’s saga, which was cut short in 1990 at the age of 49.
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This event is free and open to the public. Please note that no food will be provided.

Free parking for this event is available after 5:30 PM in the Human Services Parking Lot at the corner of Ramseur and Dillard Streets.

Art of the MOOC: Experiments with Sound

Thursday, April 5, 1:30–2:30 PM
Film Theater
Duke University Rubenstein Art Center
2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27708

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Jace Clayton and Duke professor/artist Pedro Lasch present the global launch of ART of the MOOC: Experiments with Sound. Lasch spearheads this interactive online course that allows students to try their hand at their own sound interventions and musical compositions, or simply focus on learning more about diverse musical traditions, sonic experimentation, and acoustic phenomena in everyday life. They’ll demonstrate the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in action. >> RSVP on Facebook

Sufi Plug-Ins v. 2

Sunday, April 8, 2 PM
CURRENT Artspace + Studio
123 W. Franklin St, Building C
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Sufi Plug Ins_AshwiniIndian dance, acoustic music, and cutting-edge electronic sounds come together for this presentation of Clayton’s Sufi Plug Ins v. 2 project. Clayton has worked with Duke and UNC students to brainstorm, design, and create music-making software based on non-Western musical concepts. Dancer/choreographer Ashwini Ramaswamy of the Ragamala Dance Company and percussionist Rajna Swaminathan join the Sufi Plug Ins team for an open rehearsal and conversation about the project. This event is part of the Near & Far festival, celebrating global cultures. >> RSVP on Facebook

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About Jace Clayton

Jace Clayton is an artist and writer. Also known for his work as DJ /rupture, he uses an interdisciplinary approach to focus on how sound, memory, and public space interact, with an emphasis on low-income communities and the global South. He is the author of Uproot: Travels in 21st Century Music and Digital Culture and the recipient of numerous awards. For more, visit

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