with Lawrence English, MacMillan & Spengler

April 5

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Elysia Crampton

  10:30 p.m.

Musical Performance

With Lawrence English, MacMillan & Spengler


Wednesday, April 5 – 10:30 p.m.

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In an interview with the writer and academic Adam Harper last year, Elysia Crampton described folk music as connected to both the past and the future. Folk music, she said, testifies to the existence, past and present, of people otherwise erased or made invisible by oppression and genocide, and carries this testimony into the future through “the constant regeneration of all the parts that maintain what it is or allow it to evolve along certain lines.” More simply, she continued, folk music “recovers what was lost.”

These lost and suppressed histories reverberate throughout the Bolivian-American musician and writer’s work. Last year’s American Drift — her first full-length album under her own name and one of the most compelling electronic records of the year — dug up these stories via an ever-in-flux meditation on the mineral origins of Crampton’s mestiza roots, her transgender identity and the movement, lithic and historical, of Earth itself. A collaborative musical “epic poem,” Demon City mines another aspect of Crampton’s definition of folk music: It elaborates on a shared world by amplifying marginalized voices.

Biography via NPR