Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Monastery,Seminary Event

Musician to give Black History Lecture

Tuesday, February 18
Time: 7 p.m. Central Time
Location: St. Bede Theater

Pic _news _Greg _AdamsBanjo historian Greg C. Adams will deliver the annual Black History Lecture at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN.

His lecture, "The Banjo and the American Experience: Looking Behind the Mask of 'America's Instrument,'" will be held on Tuesday, February 18, at 7 p.m. Central Time in St. Bede Theater. He will trace the development of what we know as the modern banjo from its African origins through American slavery to the present time.

Adams is an archivist, ethnomusicologist and musician, who has been studying the banjo for nearly 20 years. He is a highly acclaimed banjoist of 19th-century "minstrel" era technique (or stroke style down-picking), an accomplished player of "classic banjo" from the turn of the 20th century, and was grand prize winner in the old-time three-finger category at the 2009 Charlie Poole Music Festival.

Adams has twice traveled to West Africa to study the Jola ekonting  (also akonting) and was co-recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Apprenticeship Award to study the four-stringngoniwith renowned griot Cheick Hamala Diabaté (2009). 

Currently a contractual processing archivist at the Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, he recently co-produced the album, "Classic Banjo from Smithsonian Folkways." He also serves as an independent archival consultant for the Maryland State Arts Council's Maryland Traditions Program.

Along with banjo scholars Bob Winans and Pete Ross, Adams is a guest curator for the 2014 exhibit, "Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore and Beyond," at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available at St.Bede Hall and in the Guest House and student parking lots. For more information, call Mary Jeanne Schumacher at (812) 357-6501 during business hours.

Photo by Craig Evans