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Performance: Ravish Momin and Killick

ATHICA Music Night: Ravish Momin and Killick
Monday, May 16 at 7 PM
ATHICA, 675 Pulaski St. Suite 1200

Ravish Momin is an Indian-born drummer, electronic music producer and educator residing in New York City. Momin studied with Jazz master-drummer Andrew Cyrille. His unique approach quickly led him to work as a sideman with a diverse cast of musicians ranging from to legendary avant-saxophonist Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre (of the AACM) to pop-star Shakira. Momin is the recipient of grants/commissions from Pioneer Works, New Music USA, Meet The Composer, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, US Artists International and NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts.)

Momin, who started out as an acoustic drummer and percussionist a couple of decades ago, has been working under the ‘Sunken Cages’ moniker since 2019, in order to showcase his unique electroacoustic hybrid approach which splits the difference between live performance and production. He plays drums, triggers textures and clips, and layers live-loops while manipulating them in real-time to blur the lines between composition and improvisation. While rooted in Indian folk and Black Music traditions, Momin is also influenced by the street sounds of underground dance music from Durban to Mumbai and beyond. For more visit:

Killick Hinds lives in Athens, Georgia. His music is Appalachian Trance Metal made on unusual stringed instruments with an emphasis on unquantifiable rhythms, intuitive intonation, and shamanistic ROYGBIV. The primary sonic influences on Killick are animals, wind, water, fire, electrical hum, and silence. Pop-culture mashups and ancient and obscure forms infuse his music; the effect more closely resembles speech patterns and emotionally-drawn architecture than it does conventional Western music. Despite its eclectic nature the sounds are surprisingly familiar and accessible to audiences of all ages and levels of musical involvement. For more visit:

Supported in part by Ideas for Creative Exploration.

Photo Credit: Ed Marshall Photography NYC

#BestShotUGA TikTok Showcase and Awards Ceremony

#BestShotUGA TikTok Showcase and Awards Ceremony
Saturday, April 23 from 4 – 6 PM
The Athenaeum

#BestShotUGA is a project to help increase vaccine confidence through community participation in the arts. One of only 30 projects funded by the Center for Disease Control Foundation, UGA used the grant to start a TikTok contest. Enjoy music, laughter, and light refreshments with a recap of over 300 posts and almost 200K views. Meet the judges and learn which TikToks will win prizes. Come celebrate in award-show style, from shorts to black tie!

Chase Brantley, Moonlight Theatre Company

“Disinformation and Opportunity in Public Health and Literacy Education”
Dr. Melisa (Misha) Cahnmann-Taylor, UGA College of Education

Winnie Smith, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
Alex White, COVID ICU Nursing Staff

TikTok Video Showcase

TikTok Performances
Zihan Lin-Nanni
Turtle Grenade

Awards Ceremony

Supported by the Center for Disease Control Foundation, Department of Language and Literacy Education, Mary Frances Early College of Education, UGA Arts Council, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, and Ideas for Creative Exploration.

Athens Hip Hop Harmonic “Coming Together”

Athens Hip Hop Harmonic
Wednesday, April 20 at 7 PM
Cine, 234 W. Hancock Ave.

Join the Athens Hip Hop Harmonic in their spring collab, Coming Together, featuring R&B artist Convict Julie, Hip Hop artist Linqua Franqa, emcee Montu Miller, and the UGA Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Free and open to the public.

You’ll be the first audience to hear Convict Julie’s most recent songs, co-created with UGA lecturer of music Brandon Quarles and the musicians in the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Linqua Franqa joins us as the dynamic narrator of Coming Together, a work written by Frederic Rzewski in response to the 1971 uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility in NY. Also on the show is Julius Eastman’s Stay on It, a minimalist, structured improvisation work that draws on repetitions of a short theme to create an infectious groove.

Launched last August, the Athens Hip Hop Harmonic is a multi-year collaboration between local Hip Hop artists and the Hodgson School of Music, supported by UGA’s Arts Lab. It is produced by saxophone professor Connie Frigo, who developed it in collaboration with Mariah Parker (aka Linqua Franqa) and Hip Hop impresario Montu Miller. The first musical pairings last fall featured Hip Hop artists Caufield and Kxng Blanco, co-creating new works with UGA faculty composers Emily Koh and Peter Lane.

See the videos here:

Idea Lab Mini Grants Spring 2022

Imaginary Meadow

Imaginary Meadow is a zine exchange framed around relationship building as an act of collaboration. The project includes digital events such as demos, drawing nights, readings, and a public event to share the full zine collection.

Project participants

Katie Ford, Art graduate student
River Wharton, Poet and Social Practice Artist

Legacy Ball

Legacy Ball will be a space for minorities to make connections and an opportunity to highlight minority artists through an exhibition and celebration. The power of giving minority students a safe space and community to help them navigate their futures is our primary goal. We believe this environment will provide creatives a springboard for publicizing their art and connecting to others who share similar backgrounds and passions.

Project participants

Black Felicity Student Association
Native American Student Association
Muslim Student Association
Caribbean Student Association
Dr. James Owen, Institute of Native American Studies faculty
Mary Jo Eden, Art undergraduate student
Hannah Hamrick, English/Native Studies undergraduate student
Mariah Cady, International Affairs undergraduate student

Ancient to the Digital: Invocation and Rituals

Ravish Momin, Tim Adams, and Killick will explore the relationships between improvisation, global rhythms and technology. Guest artist Ravish Momin studied with Jazz master-drummer Andrew Cyrille and he has worked as a sideman with musicians ranging from pop-star Shakira to the legendary saxophonist Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre (of the AACM/Chicago.) The trio with combine traditional patterns with acoustic/digital elements that blur the lines between composed and improvised parts.

Project participants

Ravish Momin, composer/drummer New York, NY
Killick, guitar Athens, GA
Timothy K. Adams, Jr., Music faculty

Carbon Comics Vol. 3, Archaeology of the Cattle Economy in Colonial Charleston, South Carolina

Carbon Comics is a bilingual educational comic book sponsored by the Center for Applied Isotope Studies (CAIS) focusing on the intersection of historical narratives and archaeological science conducted by CAIS scientists and collaborators. Vol. 3 is supported in part by a National Science Foundation grant that examines the cultural and environmental impacts of the introduction of cattle to the Southeast in the 17th-19th centuries.

Project participants

Carla Hadden, Center for Applied Isotope Studies (CAIS) faculty
KC Jones, Anthropology, graduate student
Elizabeth Reitz, Georgia Museum of Natural History, Professor Emerita
James Burns, Athens, GA
Turner Hunt, Muscogee Creek Nation
Meredith Hardy, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission


#bestshotuga TikTok Competition

Win $1000 in prizes to local Athens businesses! Help support vaccine confidence!

Make a TikTok supporting vaccine
Use #bestshotuga
Tag @bestshotuga

$1000 in prizes to local Athens businesses. Winners will be announced mid-April, and prizes will be given for TikToks that are the most entertaining and informative in their support of vaccines.

April 1

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Idea Lab Mini Grants Fall 2021


Organoids is a collaborative research project for prototypes and methods to create organoids, three-dimensional cellular structures which are developed from pluripotent stem cells.

Project participants

Nadja Zeltner, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology faculty
Alexander Bucksch, Plant Biology faculty
Eileen Wallace, Art faculty
Mable Fox, Engineering faculty
Martijn van Wagtendonk, Art faculty

Queer Space: Athens, GA

Queer Space: Athens, GA uncovers a UGA theatre director’s love story, a lesbian linguist’s presence on campus, and guitarist Ricky Wilson’s time in the B-52s to name a few. Tour sites include places on UGA’s campus as well as downtown Athens where the queer community has come together (and butted heads) over time.

Project participants

Caroline Caden, Theatre and Film Studies undergraduate student
Callan Berry, History undergraduate student
John Jardin, UGA English alumnus
Collin Hendley, Theatre and Film Studies undergraduate student
J.W. Chin, NYU alumnus
George Contini, Theatre and Film Studies faculty
Fran Teague, English faculty
Josie Leimbach, Women’s Studies faculty