IU professor Tyron Cooper takes home two regional Emmys for his music

Tyron Cooper is an assistant professor in Indiana University’s Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies and serves as the director of IU Soul Revue. He’s also a devoted mentor, composer, ethnomusicologist and performer. And, since Saturday, he is the winner of two regional Emmys. Cooper won an award in the Musical Composition/Arrangement category for […]

IU Soul Revue hosts high school students visiting from Stax Music Academy in Memphis

  “Remember this place. This time, this place, this space could be the pivotal point for the rest of your life” Tyron Cooper, director of IU Soul Revue, delivered this introduction to 21 high school students from Stax Music Academy who visited Indiana University’s Bloomington campus Oct. 23 and 24. The Stax Music Academy serves […]

‘Naked Acts’ workshop events examine ‘Image Making and Black Female Sexuality’

Two decades have passed since Bridgett M. Davis began work on her groundbreaking film “Naked Acts.” Now Indiana University welcomes Davis to its Bloomington campus Sept. 29 and 30 as part of a free workshop that also features acclaimed artist Renee Cox. In “Naked Acts,” a young actress is unwilling to expose her body for a movie, […]

And he scores! Professor Tyron Cooper pens music for Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard documentary

Post by Karen Land of IU Communications, video by Milana Katic: Not many documentaries stage a world premiere in an 18,000-seat arena. But when the subject is an Indiana basketball legend, you throw out the playbook. On July 29, WFYI Public Television will screen “Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard: Heart of a Hoosier” at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. […]

IU Soul Revue honors founding director Portia Maultsby

Guest post courtesy of IU Communications colleague Brittany Aders: The IU Soul Revue will have its annual spring concert 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3 in the Ruth N. Halls Theatre, incorporating repertoire that students have learned throughout the semester. Songs by Earth, Wind & Fire, Al Green, Jill Scott, the O’Jays, The Jackson 5, Pharrell […]

IU choral ensemble director makes his debut at Carnegie Hall

Guest post courtesy of IU Communications colleague Jaclyn Lansbery. When I learned that IU’s African American Choral Ensemble was made up of non-music majors who hadn’t auditioned prior to joining the group, I was surprised. After seeing them perform during the 20th Potpourri of the Arts concert last fall, I was blown away by their […]

Dance theme illustrates social, political, cultural issues of modern society

The Indiana University African American Dance Company’s annual spring concert will feature new student collaborations centered on the theme, “Through the Looking Glass,” chosen to illustrate the various ways social, political and cultural issues of modern society are explored. “The students’ contributions of ideas and movement sequences are central to the African American Dance Company’s […]

African American Dance Company studio concert explores various genres

Indiana University’s African American Dance Company will perform its annual studio concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Willkie Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. The concert is the end-of-semester public performance for university courses A100: African American Dance Company and A221: Dance in the African Diaspora, both offered through […]

A Gleek at heart? Raymond Wise wants you for the African American Choral Ensemble

Here’s a guest post about the African American Choral Ensembly courtesy of newsroom colleague George Vlahakis, who typically blogs at IU Inc.: One reason that the television show “Glee” has been so successful is because viewers can relate and reflect back on their experience in choirs in high school or singing in their churches. Once […]