Musician to give Black History Lecture
Tuesday, February 18
Time: 7 p.m. Central Time
Location: St. Bede Theater
Banjo 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
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
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