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Music, Community Engagement & Social Action: “Lost Soul” with Damani Phillips
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 7pm
Online via Zoom and YouTube Live
Lost Soul: Issues in Teaching Ethnically Derived Arts in Academia
How does collegiate jazz education impact the Black cultural value of “soulfulness” in jazz music?
University of Iowa Associate Professor of Jazz and African American Studies Damani Phillips presents findings from his 2018 book "What Is This Thing Called Soul: Conversations on Black Culture and Jazz Education." He delves into the inherent problems associated with teaching an ethnically-derived art form such as jazz in an environment that is both designed to teach European classical music and remarkably lacking in ethnic/cultural representation among those charged with teaching the music.
His work argues that the cultural, emotional and esthetic elements at the very core of jazz’s unique identity - along with the music’s overt sonic connection to African American music culture - are effectively "lost in translation" in traversing the divide between academic and non‐academic (street) jazz spheres.