The history of black improvised music brims with parables of resistance. Time and time again, in the face of oppression, artists and improvisers have raised their voices in sonorous defiance. What does this legacy mean at this moment, in 2017, as artists and citizens face new incarnations of old demons?
On June 1, Arts for Art, in collaboration with Columbia University, and the University of Pittsburgh, will convene its second one-day symposium of scholars, artists, and scholar-artists to address these and related issues.
Central themes will include:
The role of radical art in modern resistance movements
Musical responses to and resonances of Black Lives Matter
Improvised music’s long tradition of protest
International networks of artistic activism
Waging peace and cultivating shared humanity
The conference will feature a keynote address by poet and scholar Fred Moten, along with presentations by Ingrid Monson, Benjamin Piekut, Fumi Okiji, and Adam Zanolini. It will also include a roundtable of artists and improvisers speaking on activism and social justice. A full schedule is printed below.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Maison Française (Buell Hall) East Gallery,
515 W 116th St, New York NY 10027
Columbia University, New York, NY
This conference is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.
Organizing Committee: Scott Currie (University of Minnesota), Brent Hayes Edwards (Columbia University), Michael Heller (University of Pittsburgh),Fred Moten (University of California, Riverside), Patricia Nicholson Parker (Arts for Art)
Sponsored by: Arts for Art, Inc., Columbia University Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University Office of the Dean of Social Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Jazz Studies Program