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Presented by the Metropolitan State University of Denver Department of Music with support from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
The MSU Denver Department of Music, with support from The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, presents the Visiting Artist Series on Music, Race, & Social Justice. Organized by Dr. Elizabeth McLean Macy, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, this series highlights the work of BIPOC musicians, performers, and scholars.
Monique Brooks Roberts & The SIP
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
King Center Recital Hall
Monique Brooks Roberts is a violinist hailing from Louisville, KY. She recently relocated to Denver, CO from the Philadelphia/New Jersey area, and is intent on making her mark in the soul/jazz fusion circuit with her sultry and soulful violin work. Monique graduated in 2005 from Eastern Kentucky University studying with Dr. Eun Hwan Bai and Jeremy Mulholland.
Influenced by a plethora of 90’s RnB artists, her music oozes soul. Her playing is often described as sexy, emotional and inspiring – and there’s little surprise why. With over 29 years of experience under her belt, the violin has become an extension of herself; a visceral medium through which she is able to express the emotions which words cannot. While she is successfully carving out a niche in her own right, her music echoes influences of Sade, Air, and J. Dilla to name a few.
Monique’s first solo album, Free, was released on January 31, 2020 and debuted at #12 on the iTunes R&B/Soul Charts.
Monique joins Rajdulari and Kerrie Joy on The SIP Podcast, where they pour out their “hearts, talk all the mess, discuss systemic injustice, and explore love and relationships, and so much more.” The SIP Podcast is “the Black girl’s guide to healing.”
Monique Brooks Roberts: https://www.moniquebrooksroberts.com/
Monday, November 15, 2021
King Center Recital Hall
Moderated by Benjamin Cefkin, PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology at UC Boulder
The MSU Denver Department of Music, with support from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, is excited to announce our 2021/2022 Visiting Artist Series on Music, Race, & Social Justice. Organized by Dr. Elizabeth McLean Macy, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, this year-long series highlights the work of BIPOC musicians, performers, and scholars.
Tou SaiK Lee is a community based Hip Hop artist, storyteller and spoken word poet from St. Paul, Minnesota. He founded Street Stops and Mountain Tops which connects teaching artists and organizers from the U.S. to work with Hmong students in villages and orphanages of Southeast Asia. Lee received the Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship in 2016 to focus on research of the Hmong diaspora including communities in Vietnam, Australia, China and Thailand in how Hmong use traditional and contemporary arts as effective ways to revitalize culture. He released his first Hmong language Hip Hop album titled Ntiaj Teb Koom Tes – Unified Worldwide Summer of 2021. Lee has developed an arts based curriculum titled UCL Unified Creative Learning as an educational tool with his album for students to be engaged with Hmong cultural identity with The DIAL Group. Tou SaiK is currently a graduate student in the Master’s program of Southeast Asian Studies at UW Madison with a focus on artistic approaches to support ethnic studies curriculum and indigenous identity of Southeast Asia. Tou SaiK was selected as a featured speaker by TEDx Minneapolis in 2021 about his current initiatives.
Tou SaiK: http://www.tousaikunites.com/