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    6The Daily Tar HeelTuesday, September 12, 1989
Afghanistan photos starkly beautiful
Staff Writer
Imagine a world as elegant as it is
rugged. Think of a country rich in
color and passion. Picture a people
isolated from the flurry of modern
life. There you have Afghanistan.
The beauty of Afghanistan is the
subject of the newest photography
'. exhibition at the Carolina Student
: Union. Luke Powell's "The Afghan
Folio" is a compilation of photographs
'. taken while he traveled through the
country, documenting his impressions
of the culture.
Powell spent his youth in Davidson
and graduated from UNC in 1969,
after majoring in religion. He then
' attended Yale, where he received his
master's degree in art.
Religion and art eventually drew
Powell to Afghanistan in 1971.
After working on an archeological
, excavation in Israel, Powell traveled
through India and Central Asia.
Trapped in Afghanistan by the se
vere winter, Powell began to appreci
ate his surroundings.
"I was stuck in Kabul, but I had
time to think and realize how incred
ible Afghanistan was at that point in
time," he said.
Afghanistan was a wonderful dis
; covery for Powell, not only for its
; beauty but also for its simplicity.
"It seemed to be rushing into the
; 13th century. Why go back and un
! earth a few inches of mud-brick foun
: dation and a few pot shreds when
these people were living in that pre
industrial, pastoral world? Afghani
stan was visually exciting beyond
anything that I had ever seen before
or I have seen since," he said.
Afghanistan has become famous
for its frequent tribal wars and the
recent conflict with Russia. Most
people are familiar with the country
through media coverage of the So
viet offensive. However, Powell's
photographs date back to before the
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'The Winnowers one of the photos in'The Afghan Folio,' now on
Soviets invaded in 1978.
Powell captures a country deeply
rooted in tradition. There are common
cultural threads between Western and
Eastern cultures, he said, and these
commonalities between the past and
the present are the major themes of his
Powell says he uses photography
because he feels that the camera is his
proper tool. Though Powell paints and
sketches as well, he turned to photogra
phy on his first trip to Afghanistan
because it offered a focus for his talents
and training.
The accuracy of his photography is
so important to him that he prints his
photographs using the dye transfer
process, which involves using red, green
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and blue filters to make black and white
separation negatives. The negatives are
then combined so that the photogra
pher can control color, highlights and
balance. As many as 20 negatives are
used to achieve a positive image.
The color of the dye transfer process
is remarkably accurate and lasts far
longer than normal color prints, he said.
It offers the photographer more control
than usually possible in conventional
color printing.
"You can see more detail and re
claim more information (with the dye
transfer process) ... Why use a process
that will fade in a couple of years when
you can use one that will last longer
than your lifetime?"
Despite the benefits, the dye transfer
display in the Union Gallery
process is a long, intricate process
that very few photographers use.
Powell's photography has taken
him not only to Afghanistan but also
to other parts of the world. He has
worked in Paris, Sri Lanka, Egypt
and the West Bank. Powell's collec
tion of photographs from Sri Lanka
will be published as a book and re
leased in the near future.
"The Afghan Folio" will be ex
hibited through Oct. 19 in the Caro
lina Union Gallery. Gallery hours
are from 11 am. to 8 p.m. daily.
Powell will also be present for a
Sept. 18 panel discussion on Afghani
stan. The discussion will take place
in the Hanes Art Center and begins
at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Folk stars offer path
for Chapel Hill duo
to reach new sound
Their guitars glare pink from the
stage lighting, and their eyes meet as
the signal to begin. Using only acoustic
guitars and the raw harmonies of their
voices, the duo of Nikki Meets the
Hibachi captures the audience with their
unembellished vocals and progressive
folk style.
Nikki Meets the Hibachi is a local
band following in the same vein as
musicians such as Tracy Chapman and
the Indigo Girls, member John Gillespie
"It's a kind of rock alternative with a
folk base," said Elaine Tola, the other
half of Nikki Meets the Hibachi.
"We are a perfectly split duo,"
Gillespie said. "We each have our own
songs and our own distinct ideas, but it
usually ends up being a mesh of those
Both Gillespie and Tola have always
loved music. Tola attributes much of
her interest in and exposure to music to
growing up in a musical family. The
youngest of six guitar-playing children,
Tola taught herself chords from her
sisters' guitar books.
"I've played off and on for a long
time," she said. "More off than on until
the last few years."
Never having taken a formal lesson,
Tola says that Gillespie's more exten
sive musical background has taught her
a great deal.
Gillespie was a bass player through
high school, taking lessons and playing
in a band.
"I'm a guitar player now, and I pretty
much taught myself from watching
other guitar players," he said. "I've
learned a lot from Amy Ray and Emily
Saliers of Indigo Girls."
Despite diverse backgrounds, Tola
and Gillespie agree on their musical
influences. The two met at an Indigo
Girls show, and now, though they per
form all original music, the influence
of the Indigo Girls is striking.
After playing their first gig just a
Jazz concert to feature
music faculty members
Staff Writer
A group of faculty members of the
UNC music department will come
together to perform a program of jazz
music today at 8 p.m. in Hill Hall
James Ketch, associate professor of
music, will be one of the performers.
Ketch, who also directs jazz studies in
the department and conducts the UNC
Jazz Band, said the program offers
"something for everyone."
According to Ketch, 75 percent to 80
percent of the music on the program is
pure improvisation, which is fairly
standard in jazz pieces.
"The enjoyable aspect of this pro
gram is going to be hearing the ar
ranged parts for the horns, since usu
ally jazz music is written for horns to
play in unison, so you'll get a sense of
hearing an organized band in addition
to a lot of improv," he said.
The program consists of music by a
number of popular jazz composers, such
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year and a half ago, they have recently
finished cutting their first album. Due
out in November as an independent
release, the EP is titledHanna's Amor
phous Hat.
"Our goal is to be on some strange
eclectic label and to be able to play
music for a living and see as much of ;
the world as possible through that,'
Gillespie said.
Both agree that the best part of play-'
ing together has been the people they '
have met.
"A lot of it has to do with the people '
who come out to see us," Tola said. '
"They agree with what we are saying '
and it's a good way to get people to-'
gether with similar interests. We have a
very diverse audience. Many of the.
people who come out to see us are very
accepting of each other and of our music
and have become good friends to us."
Tola said she enjoys influencing
people with her music.
"If I write a song and it touches
someone in a certain way, it may not
touch someone else in the same way.
That's not to say they haven't gotten
just as much out of it. They just got
something different out of it," she said.
Gillespie's only complaint about,
performing is getting home at 3 a.m.
after a gig and having to get up in the
morning for a 9 o'clock class.
According to Gillespie, the group's
success is just a matter of trying hard
enough. He never sang before his sen
ior year in high school, and even then
he was "very bad," he said. "There's
nothing that we're doing that someone
who put their mind to it couldn't do."
Nikki Meets the Hibachi will play at
9 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 14 in the Union
as Slide Hampton, Mickey Bass, Fred
die Hubbard, Chick Corea and James
Williams. It ranges in beat from
uptempo blues to rock, samba, bop and
The program centers around John
Coltrane, a North Carolina native and
jazz musiciancomposer who died in
1967. His composition "Moment's
Notice" will be performed, "One for
Trane" by Mickey Bass is dedicated to
him, and Robert Watson's "E.T.A."
consists of chords written over
Coltrane's piece "Lazy Bird."
Performers will be James Ketch,
trumpet; Greg Gelb, tenor sax; Keith
Jackson, trombone; Ed Paolantonio,
piano; Robbie Link, bass; and David
Via, drums. All musicians except Paol
antonio and Via are teachers in the
department. One of the selections, Clif
ford Brown's "Joy Spring," will also
feature student Shea Carter on baritone
The concert is free and open to the
membership now
through 42090

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