Matthew Billman (Polk Undergraduate Award Winner, 2015) is deeply interested in contemporary musical theater and popular music. His recital will feature songs by Barber, Bowles, Musto, and Ching, as well as selections from contemporary American musical theater. Additionally, in a three-song improvised set, Billman will build songs from audience suggestions. | This event was rescheduled from Nov. 14th.
In their new book, The James Bond Songs: Pop Anthems of Late Capitalism, Stanford faculty members Adrian Daub (German Studies) and Charles Kronengold (Department of Music) trace the long history of a singular musical genre. The story of the "Bondsong" is the story of the pop song more generally — and perhaps even of its end. In film after film, songs from Goldfinger to Writing’s on the Wall want to talk about the fulfillment that comes from fast cars, shaken martinis, and mindless sex, but their unstable speakers, subjects, and addressees actually undercut the logic of the lifestyle James Bond is sworn to defend. Join us for refreshments and a conversation about the book, these songs, and the ways that pop music has shaped our sense of who we are.
The acclaimed Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by Murray Low, presents its Fall concert. The program will consist of a unique blend of traditional and contemporary songs spanning the entire scope of the Afro-Latin genre, mixed together in new and exciting ways. The repertoire includes songs composed or performed by greats such as John Coltrane, Chucho Valdés, Sonora Ponceña, Felix Chappotin, and John Calloway. The music spans almost a century, from the dance halls of the early '20s, to the rich son montuno tradition of the '40s, through classic jazz and salsa from the '60s and '70s, up to modern-day timba.