October 5, 2017
By Erich Burnett
poster announcing listening party

Monthly ConFab Listening Parties unite campus and community through music.

Beginning Tuesday, October 10, the Birenbaum will come alive each month with an evening of music selected by a campus personality.

The first ConFab Listening Party will be hosted by Professor of Advanced Improvisation and Percussion Jamey Haddad. The hour-long, all-ages session begins at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7:30. Pizza will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

The Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space is located on the lower level of the Hotel at Oberlin, 10 E. College St.

Haddad notes a needless barrier that sometimes exists between faculty and staff members and students. He hopes to break down that wall by sharing sounds that have defined his musical journey—everything from American soul to Roma Gypsy music.

“I see it as a way to offer a glimpse into the far reaches of what really floats a professor’s boat and what fuels their journey: the thing that turns them on the most or the music that caused them to commit to their particular path,” Haddad says.

ConFab Listening Parties will continue on the second Tuesday of the month during the fall and spring semesters. A different host—sometimes faculty members, sometimes administrative staff—will curate the sounds of each event.

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