Event Name: CCM Thinking About Music Lecture Series
Event Locator: 2023-ABRFGX
1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17
The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series
EXPANSION, CONTRACTION, AND TRANSFORMATION: THE CREATION OF SACRED SPACE THROUGH MUSIC FOR COMMUNAL HEALING AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Lisa Osunleti Beckley-Roberts, Associate Professor of Musicology from Jackson State University
Through the study and exploration of African and diasporic music and movement practices, the author shares experiences with facilitating communal healing in the planning, preparation, and performance of a work in honor of Trayvon Martin. This paper explores the ways that the terms expansion and contraction, borrowed from Ifa cosmology of the Yoruba ethnic group, may be applied to the practice of reimagining African and African diaspora music and dance, in order to respond to and navigate the emotional turmoil of social injustice. Furthermore, additional instances of the use of music and the reimagining of musical ideas have been used to aid in communal healing.
Location: Baur Room