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[Ensemble Modern] Symposium: Afro-Modernism in Contemporary Music

Symposium:  Afro-Modernism in Contemporary Music

Ensemble Modern, Frankfurt
Thursday, 12.11.2020
Live Stream
12:00 Welcome and Introduction:  Christian Fausch, Artistic and Managing Director, Ensemble Modern; George E. Lewis, curator Afro-Modernism, Professor of American Music. Columbia University; Martina Taubenberger, moderator / Managing Director, « whitebox Kultur gGmbH »

12:30 Afromodernism in Context:  Vimbayi Kaziboni, conductor Afro-Modernism, Assistant Professor of Orchestral Studies and Contemporary Music, Boston Conservatory; Björn Gottstein, Artistic Director, Donaueschinger Musiktage; Naomi Andre, Professor of Women’s Studies, University of Michigan; Martina Taubenberger, moderator.

13:15 Performance: J. Cox: Earth, Jupiter and Saturn, Mercury, Sirius, Venus (2020). Jessie Cox, drums; Hermann Kretzschmar, piano; Dietmar Wiesner, flute; Johannes Schwarz, bassoon

14:00 Lunch

15:00 Europe and Afromodernist New Music: Hannah Kendall, composer, Doctoral Fellow in composition, Columbia University; Andile Khumalo, composer, Senior Lecturer in Music, University of the Witwatersrand; Daniel Kidane, composer, doctoral fellow, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London; Jessie Cox, composer, drummer, music theorist, Doctoral Fellow in composition, Columbia University; Martina Taubenberger, moderator.

16:00 Break

16:15 Lecture: « It is Dark and Damp on the Front: Threading the Sonic Path of Halim El-Dabh. »
Bonaventure Soy Bejeng Ndikung, Founder and Artistic Director, SAVVY Contemporary Berlin, Professor in Spatial Strategies MA program, Weissensee Academy of Art, Berlin

17:00 Keynote: « Lifting The Cone of Silence.” George Lewis with Harald Kisiedu, music historian, Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences Institute of Music)

17:45 Break

18:00 Closing Note: Tania León and Alvin Singleton in conversation with George Lewis and Martina Taubenberger

18:45 Break
19:00 Performance: G. Lewis: Emergent (2014). for flute and spatialized electronics; G. Lewis & D. Wiesner: Improvisation.  George Lewis (trombone) & Dietmar Wiesner (flute)

20:00 End of the symposium

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation

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