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Jazz Combos

Music and Protest

Sunday, March 21, 2021 |
4:30PM - 6:00PM ET

This is a virtual event.
A civil rights protest


Virtual Event - Penn Museum


Part of the Penn Museum Year of Jazz

How can music give voice to our anger and pain? Can it bring us together and ultimately change the world? This session explores the relationship between jazz and protest movements with two scholars and practicing musicians. Don’t miss this fascinating look at the history of protest music and the current sonic activist landscape.

Our Speakers

Ingrid Monson is Quincy Jones Professor of African American music at Harvard University. She is a noted jazz scholar and ethnomusicologist with a lifelong interest in the relationships among music, race, aesthetics and politics. Her book Freedom Sounds: Civil Rights Calls Out to Jazz and Africa addresses these issues in the jazz world of the 1950s and 1960s. She is also author of Saying Something, which concerns the interactive and communal dimensions of jazz improvisation as a musical process. Monson has been awarded many honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, and a Stanford Humanities Center fellowship. She is director of the Jazz Initiative at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, and her next project addresses the history of copyright and economic inequality in African American music.

Nicole M. Mitchell is an award-winning creative flutist, composer, bandleader, and educator. She is the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Sonic Projections and Ice Crystal, and she composes for contemporary ensembles of varied instrumentation and size while incorporating improvisation and a wide aesthetic expression. The former first woman president of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Mitchell celebrates endless possibility by “creating visionary worlds through music that bridge the familiar with the unknown.”

Free to Registered Guests

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Part of the Penn Museum Year of Jazz