Programs and Tours
WCBN 88.3FM Ann Arbor Presents: Lower Dens with Aran Ruth
This year marks the 40th anniversary of WCBN, and this concert is part of a season of events celebrating the anniversary. WCBN is excited to be collaborating with UMMA to present this show. "With the station's celebration of its 40th Anniversary in 2012, a renewed emphasis on the importance of community events has arisen," says General Manager Ben Yee. "No sound system or recording will ever match the experience actively engaged by live performance."
Formed in 2009 by singer/songwriter Jana Hunter with guitarist William Adams, bassist Geoffrey Graham, and drummer Abram Sanders, Baltimore's Lower Dens plays beautiful songs blending elements of folk, psychedelia, post-rock and ambient music. Their sound is minimalist but nonetheless huge.
When they formed the group they planned a four-album cycle, and they released their critically acclaimed debut album Twin Hand Movement in July 2010. They have been touring consistently since its release, and while touring they wrote much of the music for their second album, Nootropics, which will be coming out on May 1st. According to the band, the title "Nootropics" is reflective of the band's "interest in transhumanism–the use of technology to extend human capabilities." The band also cites Dadaism as a major influence.
Discussing their latest work, singer/guitarist Hunter says, “We think we know what there is to know about our reality. But there’s a real possibility that we don’t know much at all. Perhaps we’re in the process of acknowledging that and moving on to better things. And the narrator of the song is saying that he or she is ready for come what may.”
Aran Ruth is a psychedelic folk singer/songwriter who recently relocated from Detroit to Ann Arbor to pursue a graduate degree in English Literature at University of Michigan. She is also a member of Detroit groups Infinity People and Wiccans, and a former member of Outrageous Cherry. Ruth writes haunting and hypnotic songs blending the boundaries between reality and fantasy, and between time and space themselves. She plays guitar and sings, and is often accompanied by a synthesizer player. Her music has been described as "black magic space folk."
This will be a free show, open to the public of all ages. The event will begin at 7 pm with music by WCBN DJs. The show will start off with a performance by Aran Ruth, followed by Lower Dens.
WCBN is the University of Michigan's student-run radio station and one of the longest-running freeform radio stations in the country. The station has broadcasted from the University of Michigan campus continuously since 1952, taking the moniker, WCBN, in 1972. Beginning as a collaboration of stations at East Quad, South Quad, and West Quad, the Campus Broadcasting Network was born as WCBN-AM 650. In 1977, WCBN found its current home at the far left of the fm dial. Since its inception, WCBN has emphasized alternative broadcasting-- challenging what the medium of radio can do. WCBN is fully and proudly staffed by volunteer students, University faculty and staff, and community members.
This event is cosponsored by UMMA's Student Programming and Advisory Council.
Tuesday, 06 March, 2012
University of MichiganMuseum of Art
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1354