Hosted by acclaimed music scholar and pianist Dr. Guthrie P. Ramsey, the MusiQology Podcast is a new series on music, race, and the creative arts. Featuring a wide array of musicians, artists, and scholars, the MusiQology Podcast presents thoughtful conversations in a readily accessible format, combining public scholarship with art and discourse. We're keeping you musical!
Hettie Jones and Kellie Jones
We’ve always said MusiQology is a family business, and we’re glad to share a podcast double-episode conversation between our Dr. Kellie Jones and Hettie Jones. The talk celebrates recent releases from the Joneses: Kellie’s South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s and Hettie’s Love, H: The Letters of Helene Dorn and Hettie Jones. They read from the books and then discuss the writing life, being women in male-dominated spaces, and their family’s unique story.
Former Poet Laureate of Philadelphia and creative arts educator Yolanda Wisher’s art has deep ties to our home city. Trained by Sonia Sanchez and finding her voice in Germantown’s vibrant arts community, Wisher discusses the way artists’ memories work, the musical, rhythmic, and personal character of Philly neighborhoods, and her deep well of performance rhetorics. She also reads a few of her powerful and beautiful poems.
Philly musician and “sound sculptor” Jacqueline Constance is the guest in studio for this week’s podcast. As her voice emerged at Philly’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA, to locals), Constance found a creative and sustaining musical home, paving the way for a dynamic R&B-inflected career. She and Guy discuss the intersections of gender and race in musical communities and blazing trails for women in the music industry. Come for the music; stick around for the conversation.
Marc Lamont Hill
We’re back! For Episode 1 of Season 2, we’ve got an exciting guest host: scholar, activist, entrepreneur, and CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill! Marc interviews our very own Dr. Guy and Bridget Ramsey on their lifelong collaborative process. It’s an intimate look at a father-daughter relationship nurtured and sustained by the incredible power of music. It also provides an exciting announcement—a new music video cover of Nancy Wilson's "Save Your Love For Me" by MusiQology artists Dr. Guy Ramsey and Bridget Ramsey—that will be dropping very soon.
The MusiQology Podcast Episode 7 – William Wolfe
Talented, up-and-coming Philadelphia visual artist, filmmaker, musician, and activist William Wolfe is the guest on the latest episode of the MusiQology Podcast. Wolfe’s grasp of the classical cadence of filmmaking, the multi-modality of art and film practice, and interest in visual narrative—on display in an upcoming video release from MusiQology’s Bridget Ramsey—make this a can’t-miss episode.
The MusiQology Podcast Episode 6 – Ursula Rucker
Poet, musician, and activist Ursula Rucker joins Dr. Guy at Turtle Studios for a wide-ranging discussion on her upbringing, influences, and finding her voice. They discuss her important activism in Kensington, the responsibilities of an artist, and the “I am an artist” moment. This look into the magic of artistic generation is as entrancing as Rucker’s poetry.