Talk: Vanese Smith / Pursuit Grooves

Tuesday, February 12 | 2:30 pm | GCA 4350

Vanese Smith is a Washington, D.C.-raised, Toronto-based producer, vocalist, video artist, and designer (as MO:delic Arts) who produces and performs music under the name Pursuit Grooves. Her off-kilter beats, which mix and combine abstract hip-hop, post-dubstep, neo-soul, left-field house, and more experimental practices, began attracting international attention, with music released by labels Rush Hour, Brownswood, and Tectonic label. Following her relocation to Toronto, she began teaching music production classes specifically geared toward female students. Her most recent recording, Felt Armour, was released in March, 2018, on her own What Rules Recordings imprint.

Organized by Sabrina Schroeder. Presented as part of the inaugural SCA Speakers Series of free talks over the spring semester at the SCA, organized by the school's Equity Committee. An objective of the series is to turn a necessary reflexive look back onto the school and the university at large, as well as across the arts more generally, in an effort to critically address enduring structures and patterns of privilege and disadvantage.

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