Music Studies Colloquium: Travis Jackson (Chicago): Children of the New World, circa 1953: Inequality and the Twinned Histories of Ethnomusicology and Jazz Studies

Colloquium | April 5 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Jackson interested, above all, in two intertwined processes: the ones through which musical sounds come into being and those that occur when groups and individuals engage with sounds—through listening, dancing, writing, etc. Much of his work, then, sits at the place where ideas about composition, recording and distribution meet those about reception and its embeddedness in culture, society, race, history and geography. What Jackson hopes emerges from his writing and teaching is the sense that music is an essential, rather than ornamental, element of daily life, something human beings use to do more than reflect their times.