Angelica Rowell presenting Black music roots, evolution workshop

Artist, educator, writer (and former IUCC choral intern) Angelica Rowell comes back to IUCC to present an enlightening and inspiring workshop on Black music, its roots, and its evolution in America from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. The cost is $5.

The Evolution of Black Music delves into the rich history of Black American music and discovers the various ways in which popular music has preserved traditional West African musical practices throughout the centuries.  Attendees will also learn about Gospel music and its transition from the church to the radio.

Angelica Rowell

Angelica Rowell is based in Los Angeles, California.  She is adamant about the power art has to change perspectives, and strives to create works that open doors for marginalized peoples while educating others in hopes of creating a more understanding and just world.

Angelica has created workshops for youth and adults alike on creating original works that make a statement and shedding light on Black musicians who have been erased and overlooked throughout history.  As a creative, Angelica has performed in operas, including The Industry’s Sweet Land, sung as a featured soloist for the LA Philharmonic’s centennial celebration, and debuted various plays with theatre companies across Los Angeles.

In addition to her creative work, Angelica manages social media pages for Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid and the arts non-profit Black Light Arts Collective (BLAC), and serves as the Communications Associate for the higher education tech company, UQ Solutions.  Angelica also serves as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant on the board of the Bay Area-based theatre company Poison Apple. She holds bachelor’s degrees in theatre and classical voice from the University of California, Irvine.

This program will only be available in person, but there will be plenty of space for safe-distanced seating.  Face masks will be required, and Covid-19 vaccinations will be expected.

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