In this podcast, listen to a discussion between musicians Gail Archer and Ebonie Smith '07 (complete with their music!). Archer is the director of Barnard's music program and a celebrated classical organist who performs and records the works of musicians such as Bach and Liszt. Smith is a music producer who creates mostly hip-hop and R&B. She is also the 2012-2013 Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) Alumnae Fellow.
Despite the differences in the music they make, Archer and Smith have much in common. Both make their living in areas of the music world that have not traditionally included many women. Both are also working to increase the presence and visibility of women in the music industry. In this podcast, listen to them discuss the challenges they've faced—and the successes they've had—as women in the music world. They'll also talk about how technology is helping women musicians connect and collaborate.
Archer runs a program, The Muse's Voice, through which she hosts panel discussions on the rewards and challenges of staging performances of new music by women.
Smith's initiative, Gender Amplified, celebrates the accomplishments of women music producers and seeks to motivate the next generation of girls in music production. Run through BCRW, Gender Amplified will host a daylong music festival to discuss the state of women in music production, offer guidance on how to get involved in the technical side of the music industry, and explore the relationship between music production and commerce.