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Soul Science Lab
Make a Joyful Noize

7:30 pm Thursday, March 23, 2023

Soul Science Lab — a duo featuring emcee and songwriter Chen Lo and composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Asante Amin — specializes in music and multimedia production, live performance, and culturally responsive arts education. 

Black joy is entertainment, therapy, self-love, and salvation. Make a Joyful Noize — commissioned by Carnegie Hall — merges music, film, and movement to express the visceral and contagious energy of Black joy as a force for inspiration and healing.

Lo and Amin, Soul Science Lab’s griot storytellers and MC poets, will be joined by a rhythm section, trombone and trumpet players, two background vocalists, a DJ and a VJ. Members of State College’s Unity Church of Jesus Christ choir will join the band for some numbers.

Lo, who graduated from Penn State with a degree in media studies, and Amin have produced programs with arts institutions including Lincoln Center, Harlem Stage, SXSWedu, and Classical Theater of Harlem. 

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Adult $35
University Park Student $5
18 and Younger $18

Chad and Laura Mitchell

support provided by
Honey and Bill Jaffe Endowment for Audience Development
Meghan R. Mason Program Endowment
McQuaide Blasko Endowment
William E. McTurk Endowment

A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board makes Penn State student prices possible.

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Pre-performance Discussion

6:30 pm Thursday, March 23, 2023

Eisenhower Auditorium

An informal discussion, featuring Chen Lo and Asante Amin, will be offered one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Kikora Franklin, associate professor of theatre/dance at Penn State, will moderate. Seating for the pre-concert talk is available on a first-arrival basis.