Urban Thunder is an intertribal powwow drum based in Western Massachusetts, which grew out of a group formed by Native students at UMass, Amherst in the 1990s. Grandfather’s Medicine, created by Cesar Centeno... Read More
Pioneer Valley Soundscapes is a project that explores the connection between sound and place by documenting the musical communities and acoustic terrain of the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts.
The films, recordings, and images here are produced by students at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst through semester-long collaborations with local musicians and partnerships with area communities.
The goal of Pioneer Valley Soundscapes is to share these sounds, images, and stories with others in the Pioneer Valley and beyond and to serve as a resource for ongoing learning and exchange.
Pioneer Valley Soundscapes is taught at Amherst College by Professor Jeffers Engelhardt and supported by the Department of Music, the Center for Community Engagement, and Information Technology at Amherst College.
Argentine tango, as it is performed and danced today, was developed in the middle of the twentieth century in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay. Today, it is danced all over the world,... Read More
This project, produced by Patrick Williams, focuses on the robust community of French horn (horn) players in the Pioneer Valley, who range in experience and proficiency from students to teachers, from amateurs to... Read More
Building Klez-munity: The Diverse Klezmer Music Scene in the Pioneer Valley focuses on three musicians who are deeply involved in the klezmer music scene around the valley and the bands they work with.... Read More
Western Mass DIY (Do-It-Yourself concert organizing) has been notable for decades, yet still somehow manages to keep itself somewhat hidden in plain sight. You can find copies of the DIY Calendar sitting in... Read More
The Pioneer Valley is home to a young, active, and dedicated community of aspiring hip-hop artists. This small community thrives off of the efforts of local music venues and the college scene to... Read More
For the past years, the Pioneer Valley Soundscapes website has largely featured student documentary works. These have mostly been centered on ethnographic studies of local musical ensembles. I am interested in working the... Read More
Buttons, Bridges, and Brass is a video project that focuses on members and businesses of the Pioneer Valley with not only an intent to look at the craftsmanship behind their trade, but to... Read More