Mariachi Mexico Antiguo took a big risk when they moved from Las Vegas to Connecticut in 2016. Las Vegas was rich in Mexican tradition, and demand for mariachi groups was high. To move... Read More
Soundscapes of the Connecticut River Valley is a project that explores the connection between sound and place by documenting the musical communities and acoustic terrain of the Connecticut River Valley.
The films, recordings, and images here are produced by students at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst through semester-long collaborations with local musicians and partnerships with area communities.
The goal of the project is to share these sounds, images, and stories with others in the Connecticut River Valley and beyond and to serve as a resource for ongoing learning and exchange.
Soundscapes of the Connecticut River Valley is taught at Amherst College by Professor Jeffers Engelhardt and supported by the Department of Music, the Center for Community Engagement, and Information Technology at Amherst College.
The Smith College Change Ringing group based out of the Mendenhall Tower at Smith College is incredibly enthusiastic about the sounds created by bells and sharing that joy with others. Throughout my time... Read More
I found out about Pioneer Valley Roller Derby randomly, before it got way too cold, while driving through Northampton one day with friends. We passed a sign that said “Roller derby tryouts, 7:30... Read More
Transportation is one of the central functions of music. When we listen to music, we’re transported into a new soundscape shaped by myriad, swirling frequencies, harmonies, and colors of instruments, voices, and sounds.... Read More
Urban Thunder is an intertribal powwow drum based in Western Massachusetts, which grew out of a group formed by Native students at UMass, Amherst in the 1990s. Grandfather’s Medicine, created by Cesar Centeno... Read More
Argentine tango, as it is performed and danced today, was developed in the middle of the twentieth century in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay. Today, it is danced all over the world,... Read More
This project, produced by Patrick Williams, focuses on the robust community of French horn (horn) players in the Pioneer Valley, who range in experience and proficiency from students to teachers, from amateurs to... Read More