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Skidmore College
Carr Distinguished Interdisciplinary Lecture Series

Reviving, Restoring, and Reimagining the Music Archive

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 8pm
Jocelyn Arem '04, award-winning documentarian
Filene Recital Hall
Free & Open to the Public

Sponsored by the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative
and the Office of the Dean of Special Programs

Multimedia Archivist/Musician/Producer Jocelyn Arem '04 and her GRAMMY Award-winning Magic Shop Studio colleagues will showcase the process of reviving, restoring, and re-imagining the music in an artist's archive; Featuring music from the historic local Saratoga music club Caffè Lena - a site for Civil Rights music, blues, bluegrass, jazz, spoken word, traditional music and theater since 1960. This presentation will share the archive and listening experience in stages: from the original audiotapes, to remastered recordings, culminating in live performances by student, faculty, staff and alumni musical guests.

Jocelyn Arem

Jocelyn Arem is a Skidmore alumna (SDM Ethnomusicology, 2004) and award-winning documentarian whose projects explore the connection between music past and future. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, NPR, People Magazine, and at GRAMMY week in Los Angeles. She holds an MA from UNC Chapel Hill in Folklore and Cultural Studies. Over the past decade, Arem created a living archive for Caffè Lena, a pioneering folk music venue in Saratoga Springs. She worked with community partners to research the Caffè's past, organized a multimedia archive (text, sound, image), recorded oral history interviews with over 150 musicians around the country, and filmed live performances. Arem then produced a book, a CD box set, a website ( and a searchable digital database. As a result of her work, the complete documentary archive found a home at the Library of Congress, and in 2014 ASCAP awarded her the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Multimedia for this exemplary multimedia documentary work. She is currently working in New York City with a jazz music collection to build another multimedia archive, and produce a website, digital database, and CD project. Her work exemplifies the mission of MDOCS—to create evidence-based documentary stories told creatively, compellingly and critically.