Past Event

Composing While Black: Afrodiasporic New Music Today

November 16, 2023
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Online and in-person; Fayerweather Hall (Room 513), Columbia University, 1180 Amsterdam Avenue, New York 10027

Event Description

Harald Kisiedu and George Lewis will talk about their bilingual German-English edited volume Composing While Black: Afrodiasporische Neue Musik Heute/Afrodiasporic New Music Today. The book offers unique perspectives on the lives, works, aesthetics, and methods of Afrodiasporic contemporary composers working between 1960 and the present, a period that has largely eluded academic inquiry, concert programming, and critical and journalistic accounts. The ten essays in this interdisciplinary collection, engaging with opera, orchestral, chamber, instrumental and electroacoustic music, as well as sound art, conceptual art, and digital intermedia, reveal Afrodiasporic new music as an intercultural, multigenerational space of innovation that maintains a stance of incredulity toward narratives of genre and cultural purity.

Event Speakers

  • Harald Kisiedu, Lecturer in Music, Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences
  • George Lewis, Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music, Columbia University

Event Information

Free and open to the public; RSVP required via Eventbrite. 

Please contact the group organizer, Jessie Cox at [email protected]with any questions. The Comparing Domains of Improvisation series is sponsored by the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program at Columbia University. 

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