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Music, Race & Social Justice Visiting Artist Series

Presented by the Metropolitan State University of Denver Department of Music with support from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the CLAS Dean’s Office.

The MSU Denver Department of Music, with support from The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the CLAS Dean’s Office, 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 Residency

Monique Brooks Roberts holding a violin

Monique Brooks Roberts Residency

Wednesday, February 23
JAIM & Strings Performance Class
2:30 – 3:20 PM

Wednesday, March 9
Strings Performance Class
2:30 – 3:20 PM

Wednesday, April 13
Visiting Artist Masterclass: Monique Brooks Roberts & band
King Center Recital Hall
4:30 PM, Free and Open to the Public

Monday, May 2
Music at MSU Denver Student Jam Session
featuring Monique Brooks Roberts
Dazzle, 1512 Curtis Street, Denver
6:00 PM, Reserve Tickets

The Music, Race, & Social Justice Visiting Artist Series, in conjunction with Jazz and American Improvised Music and Strings, is excited to present a spring 2022 artist residency with violinist Monique Brooks Roberts. Supported by a Diversity Initiatives Grants from the MSU Denver Office of Diversity and Inclusion, this residency will present students and community members the opportunity to work with Roberts in a series of master classes.

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.

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Artists ghOstMiSt posing amidst leaves


Thursday, April 21, 2022
Emmanuel Gallery

In conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Balinese Gamelan Festival

ghOstMiSt is a Balinese experimental duo that focuses on practices of reflexive improvisation toward phenomenological inquiries into confronting cultural contradictions. The project was founded by Dewa Ayu Eka Putri and Putu Tangkas Adi Hiranmayena in the summer of 2020. Born out of a distanced practice during the COVID-19 pandemic (Putu Tangkas Adi Hiranmayena in the United States and Dewa Ayu Eka Putri in Indonesia), ghOstMiSt releases monthly artistic pieces on social media platforms (Facebook and Instagram) to a Glocal audience: “We created the duo out of frustrations with exoticist interactions and a desire to confront cultural contradictions through performance. We intend to create artistic and ideological commotion through a general co-motion of contemporary Balinese artists. In doing so, we attempt to thwart the assumptions that Balineseness means being solely ethereal artists tied to Indigenous animist practices.”

Past Livestreams from the Music, Race, and Social Justice Visiting Artist Series

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