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Sunday, March 25 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
New Orleans

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Ben Sandmel, “Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans (“Mother-In-Law,” “Ma-Naughahyde,” and Grassroots Surrealism)”

Larry Blumenfeld, “Treme and the Abstract Truth: Fact and Fiction in New Orleans”

Zarah Ersoff, “Treme’s Aural Verisimilitude”

Shawn Macomber, “We Hated God BEFORE the Storm: New Orleans Sludge Metal in the Post-Katrina Years”

Moderator: Blake Leyh


Larry Blumenfeld

  Abstract: | | ""Treme" and the Abstract Truth: Fact and Fiction in New Orleans" In Sidney Bechet’s memoir, “Treat It Gentle,” the late clarinetist’s real grandfather is supplanted by Omar, a made-up figure based on a folk tale, to convey truths about jazz in New Orleans. David Simon’s HBO series “Treme” is fiction, drawn from fact. That approach best serves the surreality of New Orleans, especially since the 2005 flood... Read More →

Zarah Ersoff

Zarah Ersoff is a PhD candidate in Musicology at UCLA. Her dissertation examines the relationship between musicality, aestheticism and Orientalism in Erik Satie, Maurice Ravel and Reynaldo Hahn. Her broader research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century opera, queer and feminist theories, and film and television music. She has given past talks on topics as diverse as glam rock movie-musicals, the politics and aesthetics of... Read More →

Blake Leyh

Blake Leyh is a composer, music supervisor, music producer, and sound designer. His credits include films by James Cameron, The Coen Brothers, Spike Lee, Ang Lee, John Waters, Jonathan Demme, and Julie Taymor. Leyh was the music supervisor for all five seasons of HBO\'s acclaimed series The Wire, and is the music supervisor for David Simon\'s New Orleans series Treme. He has composed scores for more than twenty feature films, including many... Read More →
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Shawn Macomber

Shawn Macomber is a South Florida-based writer whose work has appeared in Fangoria, Decibel, Magnet, Rue Morgue, Maxim, the Wall Street Journal, Reason, Radar, Yankee, The Weekly Standard, and the Los Angeles Times, among other fine and middling publications.

Ben Sandmel

Ben Sandmel is a New Orleans-based journalist, folklorist, drummer, and producer. His published work includes a book about zydeco and a forthcoming biography of Ernie K-Doe . Sandmel has produced and played on albums including Boogie Bill Webb’s Drinkin’ & Stinkin’, and The Hackberry Ramblers’ Grammy-nominated Deep Water.   Abstract: | | "Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans ('Mother-In-Law... Read More →

Sunday March 25, 2012 4:00pm - 6:00pm
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012