Southern Sound Series | Swimming In Dark Waters: Rhiannon Giddens, Bhi Bhiman & Leyla McCalla

Event Details

Date: February 27, 2016
Time: 7:30 pm—9:30 pm
Location: McCelvey Center

Event Description:

SAT, FEB 27  |  7:30 PM

Swimming In Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience
Featuring Rhiannon Giddens, Bhi Bhiman, & Leyla McCalla

Rhiannon Giddens’ escalating success includes various collaborative musical projects that have set her on course as a contemporary showstopper with a powerhouse voice. Giddens has performed at the McCelvey twice before with the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. Giddens returns in honor of Black History month with guitar-playing songwriter Bhi Bhiman and cellist Leyla McCalla to lead the new “Swimming in Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience” tour. A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Giddens attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she performed as a lyric coloratura soprano. In February 2015, Giddens released her debut solo album, “Tomorrow is My Turn.”

Part of the Southern Sound Series

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On Swimming in Dark Waters:
“Culture, they say, is a two-way street.” – Langston Hughes

If you ignore history, you are doomed to repeat it – such the adage goes, and so goes truth.  The deep and tangled past of this country comes back to bite us on the regular – the more we can grapple with the way America was built the more hopeful the future grows.  The idea of the folk-singer, the protest singer, the singer-songwriter has become an icon of American resilience – but too often that voice is assumed to be white.  There is a strong history of protest, subversion and cultural resistance from the musicians of color throughout the history of the United States, from the original inhabitiants to recent immigrants. Led by Rhiannon Giddens, founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, this concert will explore the songs of resistance of the South, both old and new, the deep history of protest songs from Leyla McCalla’s Haiti and Louisiana, and the modern outsider-looking-in observations of 1st generation American Bhi Bhiman.