UNCA Vinyl Listening Party: "Vs" by Mission of Burma with UNCA's Dr. Toby King

Join us for this upcoming listening party and academic perspective on a full album with UNCA and Citizen Vinyl:

WHEN: Thursday, January 20 // Doors at 6pm

TICKETS: $15 GA // $5 Student // Sliding Scale Available

WHAT: A monthly listening party celebrating significant albums in their entirety, with this 3rd installment to feature “Vs.”, the first full-length release by the Boston band Mission of Burma, released in 1982. Self-described as a caterwauling band who looked like they worked in the post office, Mission of Burma toiled in obscurity, often playing to skeptical or even hostile audiences, and soon broke up and disappeared in 1983. Their farewell tour was documented on record and on film, but “Vs.” remains the creative apex of an extremely bright and burning career arc. Generations of subsequent bands to come have admired Mission of Burma for their textured aesthetic, oblique lyrics, expressive dynamics, and experimental live tape loop composition, all of which are on display on this uncategorizable masterpiece.

WHO: Presented by Dr. Toby King, who holds a B.A. from Amherst College, a M.S. in Geology from the University of Montana - Missoula, and an M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. in Music from Columbia University in New York City. He wrote his dissertation on improvisatory bluegrass music performance, and is currently writing about bluegrass performance practice in Japan. He has directed ensemble classes performing musical traditions from Appalachia, West Africa, and Bali. He has taught classes examining the relationship of music with language, social identity, modernism, cosmopolitanism, orientalism, and political power, and he plays the 5-string banjo.


*** We are monitoring the ongoing Covid variants and will follow protocols that keep our community and staff safe. Guests will be updated as the event date approaches; vaccination cards and/or negative test results within 70 hours are required to be shown at the door for admission to the event ***

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