Epes Lecture with Bill Banfield

Thursday, March 16, 2017
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall
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Lerner, Neil W

Hansford M. Epes Distinguished Lecture Series presents "Black Music as Beautiful Noise from Blues to Beyoncé to Kendrick Lamar," by Bill Banfield, professor of Africana Studies/Music and Society at Berklee College of Music. 

This sharing will be a threading of important aspects of “sounding, voicing” of Black Music as a critical cultural form of identity that has shaped and carried human expression from the blues to today's contemporary cultural ideals and identities. 

Composer and scholar Bill Banfield, Ph.D., has had his music performed by major symphony orchestras across the U.S. His numerous academic honors include serving as a W. E. B. Du Bois fellow at Harvard University and as the Atelier Professor at Princeton University. The author of six books on music, arts and cultural criticism, Banfield was hired in 2010 by Quincy Jones to write a national music curriculum and book for schools learning about U.S. popular music culture. Cornel West has called him "one of the last grand Renaissance men in our time...a towering artist, exemplary educator, rigorous scholar, (and) courageous freedom fighter." 

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