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The Nile Project at Middlebury College

The Nile Project at Middlebury College

nileproject Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian American singer Meklit Hadero are joined by musicians who live along the world’s longest river for a boundary-crossing evening of new music. The Nile Project, inspired by Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, hopes to spread the musical traditions of the 11 countries touching the Nile, using music to raise awareness for the area’s environmental and cultural  challenges. The group’s first recording, Aswan, was named one of NPR’s Top Five  Must-Hear International Albums of 2013.

The Nile Project at Middlebury will consist of context-setting events in February and March 2015, and culminate in a residency and performance with by the artists in the first week of April.

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The Nile Project (official website)>>

Performing Arts Series event page>>

VIDEO: Aswan, a new album by the Nile Project>>

BBC Radio 3 follows The Nile Project in Aswan

NPR: 5 Must-hear International Albums (Aswan included)

The Nile Project on Facebook

The Nile Project on SoundCloud

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2012 Nile Project talk for TED Global featuring Meklit Hadero

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Water, Conflict, and Cooperation:
Lessons From the Nile River Basin 

The Nile Project – 2015

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Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series, with additional support from the Arts Council, Mahaney Center for the Arts, and the Department of Music. NileProjectWeb

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Building a Laser Harp

Learn more about Physics and Music at Middlebury College.

First developed in 1976 by Geoffrey Rose, the laser harp is an electronic instrument designed to stimulate visual and aural senses together when used in live concerts. Provided with the advantage of many technological advancements since Rose’s time, I constructed a laser harp using electronics, a MIDI CPU converter and computer synthesizer equipment. The laser harp is framed – with the lasers affixed to the top and indicdent on photocells positioned at the base. The electronic instrument includes up to twenty lasers, each of which play a different note as specified by the MIDI signal. Additional lasers may be included which, when disrupted, would change the volume, octave or sound for any or all of the other beams.

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Hannah Waite
Researcher

Peter Hamlin
Sponsor & Christian A. Johnson Professor of Music

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Curricular Connection: Exploring the piano

Learn more about Music History, and the Performing Arts Series at Middlebury College.

Dr. Bettina Matthias FYSE class, The Cultural History of the Piano, has spent some time exploring the piano in the Concert Hall and met with visiting artist Paul Lewis.  Ross Commons Heads  Pavlos Sfyoeras and  Maria Hatjigeorgiou graciously invited the students, along with some Ross students, to a reception for Paul in their home.  Diana and Emory Fanning, along with Town Hall Theater director Doug Anderson, mixed with students until Paul’s arrival.  Then the questions began…

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