History on Tap: Hot Tamale Louie Telling Stories Without Words
- 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
- All Ages
Sometime between chemo and radiation, University of Iowa Music Professor, John Rapson, was struck by inspiration in the form of a New Yorker article. The piece, “Citizen Khan” by Kathryn Schulz, tells of Zarif Khan, who as a teenager left his home near the Khyber Pass in Afghanistan and eventually settled in the Wyoming town of Sheldon in 1907. Khan earned citizenship only to have it stripped because of his ethnicity. Rapson recognized a story of immigration that echoes today’s political conversation about what it means to be an American. Rapson, along with others, created a thirteen-section musical suite evoking different aspects of Khan’s life. Rapson will show video clips from the 2016 performance of Hot Tamale Louie to explore how music can give unique expression to the narratives that most compel and captivate us.
This History on Tap is made possible by Humanities Iowa