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THEME lecture series kicks off on Oct. 7

Submitted by Joanne De Pue on September 30, 2022 - 3:43pm

Ethnomusicologist Gabriel Solis, Divisional Dean of the Arts at the University of Washington, opens the School of Music's 2022 THEME lecture series with his October 7 presentation "Revisiting the Heterogeneous Sound Ideal: Timbre and Narratives of Global Music History.”  

THEME, an annual colloquium of UW faculty and students of Theory, History, Ethnomusicology, and Music Education, is held on select Friday afternoons during Autumn Quarter.   

All talks are at 4 p.m in the School of Music Fishbowl unless otherwise noted. Admission is free. 

2022 THEME Lecture Series

Oct. 7: Gabriel Solis (University of Washington): 
"Revisiting the Heterogeneous Sound Ideal: Timbre and Narratives of Global Music History"

This talk returns to Olly Wilson’s canonical notion of the “heterogeneous sound ideal” in Black music as the starting point for theorizing aspects of global music history that lie beyond style and genre.

Oct. 14: Orit Hilewicz,  (Indiana University): 
"Berio's Compositional Poetics as Performance."

An examination of Luciano Berio's Continuo for Orchestra and Ekphrasis (Continuo II) will shed new light on Berio’s compositional poetics as interpretations of the “open work” (Umberto Eco), arguing that Berio assumes the dual roles of composer and performer and creates “composed performances” that present different perspectives on the same musical object. 

Oct. 28: Charles Kronengold (Stanford University): 
"The Chaka Khanplex, 1977–1983"
This paper focuses on R&B singer Chaka Khan to argue that we should move from the causal models of actor-network theories toward Black feminist concepts of friendship, relationality, and what Jennifer Nash calls “the side-by-side-ness of the beautiful and loss.”

Nov. 18: Sarah Bartolome, (Northwestern University): 
"From Idea Incubation to Implementation: The Trauma, Music, and the Breath Initiative"  
This talk provides an overview of the Trauma, Music, and the Breath (TMB) initiative, an interdisciplinary research project that brings together Northwestern University faculty experts in music, psychology, trauma, medicine, and biomedical engineering to investigate the use of music as an intervention for trauma.

Dec. 2: James Currie (State University of New York); Melanie Lowe (Vanderbilt University); Frederick Reece (University of Washington):
"Forgery in Musical Composition," 4 p.m., Brechemin Auditorum
Musicologists James Currie (University at Buffalo – SUNY) and Melanie Lowe (Vanderbilt University) discuss themes of forgery, identity, and authenticity with UW School of Music faculty member Frederick Reece.

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