Professor Ramona Gonzalez to host "Talking with Songwriters" series.


Join us for four conversations with four prominent songwriters.

The Music Department presents four events In conjunction with MUSC 252, Introduction to Songwriting, hosted by Johnston-Fix Professor of the Practice in Songwriting, Ramona Gonzalez. Ramona will lead a lively discussion with colleagues Asa Taccone, Ariel Pink, Cole M. Grief-Neill, and Julia Holter.

Join us on these dates to meet Ramona and our guests:

February 27, 2020: Grammy Award-Winning singer/songwriter, Asa Taccone

March 5, 2020: acclaimed singer/songwriter, Ariel Pink

April 2, 2020: 5x Grammy Award-Winning producer/songwriter, Cole M. Grief-Neill

April 16, 2020: acclaimed singer/songwriter, Julia Holter

All talks will take place from 4:30-5:30pm in Booth Hall, Room 204. These events are free and open to the public. This series is sponsored by the Remsen Bird Fund.

Meet Ramona Gonzalez

Ramona Gonzalez PKA Nite Jewel is a Los Angeles based musician and multimedia artist. Gonzalez is known for her lo-fi synth-based compositions that filter ‘80s freestyle, electronic disco and early ‘90s R&B through the haze of shoegaze and an experimental approach to recording. Gonzalez received widespread critical acclaim for her genre-defining first album Good Evening released in 2008, which inspired artists such as Tyler the Creator, James Blake, and others. Under her Nite Jewel moniker, Gonzalez has received accolades from such journalistic sources as Pitchfork (“Best New Music”), Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and The Guardian. She has also seen her music featured in the feature-film Greenberg, video game Grand Theft Auto, and hit Japanese TV-series Terrace House. Gonzalez is currently a PhD student in Musicology at UCLA where she teaches Audio Technology. She is also a specially appointed Johnston-Fix Professor of the Practice of Songwriting at Occidental College.