National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID); Program in Creativity & Consciousness Studies (PCCS); Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) & Trotter Multicultural Center; Department for Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) Present:

Kwasi Ampene, Marion Hayden, Ed Sarath, Brendan Asante

"Black Music in the Academy"

Moving From the Periphery to the Core in a Global Age

Monday, February 24, 2014
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. // This event is free and open to all U-M affiliates, community scholars, and the general public.

Michigan League, University of Michigan- Koessler Room (third floor)
911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, 48109-1265
University of Michigan, Central Campus

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Black music is not only central to American musical practice, it is also predominant on a global musical scale. Grounded in rich improvisatory creativity, robust rhythmic foundations, and a profoundly integrative aesthetic that transcends boundaries within music and its relationship to society, black music offers a powerful template that warrants a central place in twenty-first century musical study. Unfortunately, this principle remains elusive in the field, even as it strives to bridge the ever-widening gap between the explosive diversity of the musical landscape and the ethnologically narrow orientation of its classrooms. This panel explores this issue from multiple perspectives, considering not only the creative, technical, aesthetic and cultural facets that black music brings to the musical mix, but also the forces that sustain the marginalization of this important stream.

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Note: Ed Sarath is project director of Michigan Jazz, Creativity, and Consciousness Initiative (MJCCI), at NCID. MJCCI is a joint project of the Jazz, Creativity, and Consciousness Initiative / International Society for Improvised Music (JCCI/ISIM); and U-M Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies (PCCS).

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The Manhyia Project (2011)
is one of many world performance studies opportunities sponsored by the CWPS, under the direction of Prof. Kwasi Ampene. [photo courtesy of U-M CWPS]