Ingrid Monson, Harvard University
Venue: Cook Recital Hall, Music Building
HOLLANDER DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN MUSICOLOGY
Harvard University Quincy Jones Professor of African-American Music
Jazz scholars and aficionados are accustomed to thinking of courage as something that occurs in the artistic vision or at the moment of improvised performance. When improvising the artist must trust that his or her musical training has provided the preparation needed for the leap into unknown “now” of live performance. Yet there are other improvisations that have made this moment possible, such as those included in the organization of performances or recording sessions, in the navigation of legal rules and economic contingencies, in the creation of copyright filings, permissions and licensing, and in resistance to contractual terms. This talk examines several examples of legendary drummer Max Roach’s courage in this regard that can be found in the Max Roach Papers at the Library of Congress.
This event is free and open to the public.