The Shasha Seminar: Music and Public Life

      



The 11th Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns — November 8–9, 2012

Wesleyan University invites you to the 11th Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns, an educational forum for Wesleyan alumni, parents, students, faculty and friends that provides an opportunity to explore issues of global concern in a small seminar environment. Endowed by James J. Shasha ’50 P’82, the Shasha Seminar supports lifelong learning and encourages participants to expand their knowledge and perspectives on significant issues.

[MPL - Music and Public Life] Everyone experiences music personally, but individual experiences, taken together, deeply affect public life. Music is a collective voice that enlivens communities, in good and hard times. The musical interplay between individual, community, small group, nation-state, international agencies, and industry is a piece without a score, for a collective without a conductor.

The Shasha Seminar will offer expert articulation of the issues, from Wesleyan and Middletown to the broader arenas of American and global music today, as well as hands-on engagement with a number of world music traditions.

Day I — Thursday, November 8, 2012
5 p.m. Registration and Reception (Daniel Famiy Commons, Usdan University Center)
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Musical Invocation
Welcome by Rob Rosenthal, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble
8 p.m. Keynote Address — Anthony Seeger (Crowell Concert Hall)
Distinguished Professor of Ethnomusicology, emeritus at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and Director Emeritus of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings at the Smithsonian Institution.
Can We Safeguard Disappearing Musical Traditions? And if We Can, Should We?
The effects of neo-liberal capitalism and rapidly changing communications technology are having a profound and transformative effect on the world’s cultural traditions. UNESCO projects and the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage have led many nations to develop plans to “safeguard” cultural traditions considered to be endangered and disappearing. This talk addresses the definitions of “safeguarding” and “intangible heritage” and the more general question of our ability to “safeguard” disappearing traditions, and whether it is appropriate to do so.

This talk is free and open to the public.
9 p.m. Concerts (Crowell Concert Hall)
The Unity Choir of the Cross Street African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
coordinated by Jay Hoggard, vibraphonist-composer and Adjunct Professor of Music, Wesleyan University
Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem
Rani Arbo, fiddle and guitar
Andrew Kinsey, bass, banjo, and ukulele
Anand Nayak ’96, electric and acoustic guitars
Scott Kessel ’88, percussion

This concert is free and open to the public.
Day II — Friday, November 9, 2012
8 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Musical Invocation
The Wesleyan Spirits
9 a.m. Opening Remarks
Mark Slobin, Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music, Wesleyan University
9:30 a.m. Session I — Local Music
Neely Bruce, Professor of Music, Wesleyan University
Jay Hoggard, vibraphonist-composer and Adjunct Professor of Music, Wesleyan University
Ethel Raim, Founder and Artistic Director, Center for Traditional Music and Dance
Moderator: Mark Slobin, Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music, Wesleyan University
Noon Music Workshops (choose one)
West African Drumming — Abraham Adzenyah, Adjunct Professor of Music,
Wesleyan University
Bill of Rights — Neely Bruce, Professor of Music, Wesleyan University
Gamelan — Sumarsam, University Professor of Music and I. Harjito, Music Artist-in-Residence, Wesleyan University
Craig Edwards, Private Lessons Instructor/Fiddle, Wesleyan University
1:15 p.m. Box Lunch and John Cage’s “Lecture on the Weather”
Presented by 12 readers, with environmental recordings by Maryanne Amacher and a film by Luis Frangella
2:15 p.m. Session II — National/transnational Music
Blitz The Ambassador, hip-hop composer and producer
Eric Charry, Professor of Music, Wesleyan University
Banning Eyre, author, guitarist, radio producer, journalist and Senior Editor at Afropop.org
Mark Pedelty, Associate Professor of Mass Communication and Anthropology, University of Minnesota
Moderator: Mark Slobin, Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music, Wesleyan University
5 p.m. Music Lecture Demonstration
Albania’s Merita Halili and The Raif Hyseni Orchestra
Colombia’s La Cumbiamba eNeYe
6:30 p.m. Reception and dinner
8:30 p.m. Concerts (Beckham Hall)
Merita Halili and The Raif Hyseni Orchestra, and
La Cumbiamba eNeYe

This concertis free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Call 860-685-3355 or visit the Wesleyan University Box Office for free tickets.

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