Columbus College of Art & Design

Listening To: Pop Resistance

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
6:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Robert Loss, Assistant Professor at Columbus College of Art & Design, leads a listening event on Afrofuturism and pop music since 2000, based on his new book Nothing Has Been Done Before (Bloomsbury). In talking about the music of Janelle Monáe, Loss writes “Monáe’s commitment to her cyborg persona not only shows how any performer struggles with the pressure to construct a simplified self, it also makes us ask more questions, questions that might lead to the expansion of what identity means in the first place.”

With special guest: Sharon Udoh of Counterfeit Madison.

Counterfeit Madison is the musical manifestation of Columbus, Ohio residents Sharon Udoh, Adam Hardy, and Seth Daily. Udoh is a versatile artist; her funky yet classical piano-playing and soul and gospel-tinged voice comfortably compliment Hardy’s grungy yet melodic style and Daily’s dynamic and driving rhythms. The great American songwriter John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats says the following of Counterfeit Madison, about their first album, Opened And Shut: “A follower sent me a link to this ridiculously talented songwriter. Try the third tune, “Don’t Cry Wolf,” first, then dig into the rest. Wow, wow. Expect to hear more from Counterfeit Madison, I’d guess.“

Counterfeit Madison recently released their second full-length, Opposable Thumbs, on Anyway Records to warm and exciting reviews in Columbus Alive, 614, Stereogum, MXDWN, and Afropunk in November 2017. The album includes wild and reckless moments resembling demonic deliverances, poignant songwriting, and even tender ballads, seemingly abandoning genre altogether. Their live presentation is no different—it truly is magnetic, raucous, and unforgettable.

Sharon Udoh performs next at Ace Of Cups on Feb. 28, 2018 opening for Ezra Furman, and at the same venue on Mar. 19, 2018 opening for Half Waif.