Episode 107 of Sound Expertise
What happens when classical music takes seriously the work of Black avant-garde composers? What would a creolized musical world look like? And what is the relationship between scholarship and music-making? A conversation with George E. Lewis, Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University.
If you’re interested in learning more about Prof Lewis’s work, check out:
- His essay on curation at Darmstadt, which we discuss at the beginning of the episode
- His award-winning book A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music
- His essay “The Situation of a Creole,” in the journal Twentieth-Century Music
- His recent essay on Black composers in the New York Times
- Recordings of his music on Soundcloud
- An album of recent works, performed by Dal Niente, on New World Records
- A new piece on the Spektral Quartet’s new album
- Mark Swed’s recent essay on Lewis’s “Shadowgraph, 5” in the LA Times
Sound Expertise is hosted by Will Robin (@seatedovation), and produced by D. Edward Davis (@warmsilence). Please subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and/or Spotify. Questions or comments? Email williamlrobin@ gmail
A written transcript of this episode is available here; many, many thanks to Andrew Dell’Antonio for volunteering to prepare transcripts for the show!
Stay tuned for Episode 108, coming next Tuesday, September 8: an interview with Marian Wilson Kimber on elocution and American women making music!