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Down The Rabbit Hole

Down The Rabbit Hole, an Opera in One Act

Thursday, October 6 at 5:30 PM
Lyndon House Arts Center

Friday, October 14 at 5:30 PM
UGA Performing Arts Center, Ramsey Hall

All performances are free and open to the public

Down the Rabbit Hole is a one act opera based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. This production aims to engage new audiences, particularly the young and the young at heart, with both new compositions and opera as an art form while also creating performance opportunities for undergraduate singers and instrumentalists. The familiar story, presented through whimsical music, is brought to life through this operatic retelling. Music by Bryan Wysocki and Julien Berger. Libretto by Abigail A. Head. Supported in part by an Idea Lab Mini Grant.

Athens Hip Hip Harmonic Residency

Athens Hip Hop Harmonic
October Residency

Launched in August 2021, the Athens Hip Hop Harmonic is a multi-year collaboration between the local Hip Hop community and the UGA Hodgson School of Music. It started with a simple question: What would happen if a Hip Hop artist and a classically-trained composer co-created a piece of music? Answer: Come to these events to find out!

Ishues + James Weidman + Jazz Combo
Cassie Chantel + Julien Berger + African American Choral Ensemble
Celest Ngeve + Ayako Pederson-Takeda + CCE
Convict Julie + Tom Hiel + Wind Symphony
Montu Miller, emcee
Connie Frigo, producer

Composition Seminar
Friday, October 7 from 4:10-5 PM
Dancz Center, Hugh Hodgson School of Music Room 264

Join the Hip Hop artists and composers to learn about their collaborative writing process and receive a sneak peak at the musical scores that will be premiered at the October 20th show.

Common Hour Event
Wednesday, October 12 from 1:50-2:40 PM
Edge Recital Hall, Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Conversation: “Where Athens Hip Hop & UGA Come Out to Play”

Meet the Hip Hop artists, composers, and ensemble directors bringing the Athens Hip Hop Harmonic to life this semester! Facilitated by Connie Frigo, producer of the Athens Hip Hop Harmonic. Artist Meet & Greet with refreshments will take place immediately following Common Hour!

The Show!
Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 PM
UGA Performing Arts Center, Hodgson Hall
FREE, no tickets required

The African American Choral Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Wind Symphony, and CCE will perform world premieres of music co-created by Cassie Chantel & Julien Berger; Ishues & James Weidman; Convict Julie & Tom Hiel; and Celest Ngeve & Ayako Pederson-Takeda.

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Athens Hip Hop Harmonic performance

Athens Hip Hop Harmonic
Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 PM
UGA Performing Arts Center

FREE, family-friendly, no tickets required

Launched in August 2021, the Athens Hip Hop Harmonic is a multi-year collaboration between the local Hip Hop community and the UGA Hodgson School of Music, supported by UGA’s Arts Lab. It is produced by saxophone professor Connie Frigo, who developed it in collaboration with Hip Hop impresario Montu Miller and Mariah Parker (aka Linqua Franqa), along with a team of other artists, educators, and supporters eager to create music together to explore their mutual artistic and cultural curiosities. They started with a simple question: What would happen if a Hip Hop artist and a classically-trained composer co-created a piece of music? Answer: Come to the show to find out!

Building upon creative partnerships that began last year, this special show — the Athens Hip Hop Harmonic’s biggest to date — features premieres of music co-created by four Hip Hop artists and four UGA composers, performed by four UGA ensembles. There are approximately 100 undergraduate and graduate student performers involved. Montu Miller will serve as emcee.

Hip Hop artists include recent Athens Music Walk of Fame inductee Ishues, the 2020 Vic Chestnutt Songwriter of the Year Cassie Chantel, compelling and soulful alternative R&B singer Convict Julie, and dynamic poet and spoken word performer Celest Ngeve.

UGA composers include piano and African American studies professor James Weidman, commercial music and media professor Tom Hiel, composition/music education major Ayako Pederson-Takeda, and composition/performance major Julien Berger.

The featured UGA ensembles include the African American Choral Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Wind Symphony, and Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.

The project’s collaborative performances can be seen and heard on the AHHH Youtube channel:

Echo publication

ECHO: a collection of eco-poetic works

Featuring nine works from writers Brenda Hillman, Ben Rutherford, Paul Cunningham, Holly Haworth, Connor Fisher, Genevieve Arlie, and Aviva Kasowski. Designed, printed, and bound in a limited edition by Alex McClay.

Idea Lab Mini Grants CFP

Idea Lab Mini Grants
Call for Proposals
Fall 2022

No longer accepting submissions for Fall 2022. Thank you for your proposals!

Idea Lab Mini Grants support new creative interdisciplinary projects. Grant recipients are provided with a mentor and are eligible for up to $1000 in support for project expenses. Collaborative teams must include participants from multiple disciplines and include at least one student, faculty, or staff member from UGA. Proposals will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee in order of receipt, pending the availability of funds.

Proposal form:

Proposal requirements:

– brief description of project goals (up to 300 words)

– names and project roles of collaborators

The Idea Lab Mini Grant Program is supported by Ideas for Creative Exploration, an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA. Ideas for Creative Exploration is supported in part by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School.

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