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'Treme' comes to Loyola's campus

Loyola press release - November 1, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans Center for the Study of New Orleans and the Center for Music and Arts Entrepreneurship presented “HBO’s ‘Treme:’ Spotlight on Music” featuring the show’s award-winning music director Blake Leyh and consultant/writer Davis Rogan. The event, held Thursday, Nov. 4, and hosted by College of Music and Fine Arts associate professor Janna Saslaw, Ph.D., examined the creative role music plays in this New Orleans-centric show.

“I organized the event because there are a lot of New Orleanians that are excited about the show because it seems to accurately portray different aspects of the city,” Saslaw said. “It also seems that music is a central character in the show. There are a lot of musicians with acting roles and the show even runs New Orleans music in the background. I wanted to organize a panel that talks about the important role of music and how it helps shape the show.”

Treme” takes place in the Crescent City in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Saslaw says that the show illustrates just how important New Orleans music was during the healing process.

“Music is a very important part of culture that helps you feel your identity,” Saslaw said. “Our music helped New Orleanians, whether they were displaced or back home trying to rebuild and retain their identity after Katrina.”

Saslaw said that both Leyh and New Orleans native Rogan are involved in the music selection and recording process. The event also featured a performance of “Treme” songs by local musicians, who actually star in the show.

For more information contact Janine Sheedy at jsheedy@loyno.edu or 504-865-3289.