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American Experimentalism: Afrological Perspectives, Compositional Concepts and Techniques (339-0-2)


Milan Alex Mincek

Meeting Info

Online: Mon, 2:00PM - 4:50PM

Overview of class

This course will examine American Experimental music from the second half of the 20th Century to the present, focusing on the role of black artists within this tradition. We will use as a starting point, George Lewis ' article 'Improvised Music After 1950: Afrological and Eurological Perspectives', which among other things, positions Charlie Parker (a musician more commonly associated with innovations limited to the domain of Jazz music) as a leading figure in the broader context of 20th Century experimental music. With this in mind, in addition to examining the musical works and practices of various artists (with a concentration on the AACM), we will discuss how specific genres may intersect and diverge in relation to how they express experimental concepts and practices.

Class Materials (Required)

No materials are required for purchase.

Class Attributes

Synchronous:Class meets remotely at scheduled time