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Jam Session features spoken word, slam poetry and songs

Jam Session features spoken word, slam poetry and songs

By Erika Cuevas

Last Wednesday, the sisters of Kappa Sigma Alpha hosted an open jam session in their second-floor Caples suite.

The event featured original poetry from Jordi Alonso ’14, spoken word from Nick Tucci ’16, acoustic sets from Tom Loughney ’16 and Alex Evans ’16, original poetry from Abe Lawal ’16 and original work from Annette Covrigaru ’14.

The atmosphere was welcoming and personal, prompting many hesitant newcomers to join in as the night progressed.

The Jam Session was a collective idea the entire sorority discussed and approved, Rim Yoseph ’16, a Kappa, said.

“Based on the turnout and the incredible pieces that people shared, we might hold another one sometime in the year, but we will focus on hosting other themed- housing events as well,” Yoseph said.

The event was advertised through posters and on Facebook.

“We also relied on word-of-mouth ラ sort of a ムtell your friends’ kind of thing,” Yoseph said.

Tomas Grant ’16 recited poetry by Langston Hughes.

“[It] was a great opportunity to showcase talents that most people didn’t even know I had,” Grant said.

Evans added that the event had, “solid cookies. Even solid-er music and poetry.” The Jam Session closed with Patience Fairbrother ’14 and Ally Schmaling ’14 singing “Emmylou” by First Aid Kit.

Attendees were also treated to the voices of Kappa sisters Faith Masterson ’16 and Patty Mota ’16, who sang Lady Gaga’s “Speechless” and “Sea of Love” by Cat Power, respectively.

Following their performances, Yoseph and Andrew Firestone ’14 both individually delivered spoken word poetry.

The Kappas then decided to perform together as an ensemble and sang “Cups,” originally by actress-singer Anna Kendrick, while rotating and flipping cups on the floor in tandem.

Those who came to see their talented fellow Kenyonites perform clearly enjoyed themselves.

“It was a really fun and creative event, a great way to spend a night,” Spencer Byers ’16 said.

The Kappas were more than pleased with the success of their first-ever jam session.

“I was happy to see that people were comfortable enough to share with others; that people cared enough about their poetry, freestyle lyrics and songs to relay those emotions to others,” Yoseph said. “It was great to see that moving and bringing people closer together.”

Maggie Stohlman ’16, also a sister, agreed.

“The jam session brought a variety of people who wouldn’t normally be together into one place on campus.”

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