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Visiting Scholar Series: Fumi Okiji

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Join us as Visiting Scholar Fumi Okiji discusses "Aesthetic form in musique informelle and the new thing"

Location: Cathedral of Learning Room CL0213

Abstract: While a diversity of scholarship has found remarkable consensus in narrating the emergence of the new thing, and, incidentally, the contemporaneous developments in the European and Euro-American avant-garde, as the rejection of external forms and an accompanying absorption in what might be understood as raw sonic material, I am interested in what aesthetic form contributes to the picture. I propose that the new thing be recognized as an unadulteration of the core motivation of the music we call jazz—namely, the pursuit of moments of complete communion; in other words, the pursuit of aesthetic form.

 

Fumi Okiji arrived at the academy by way of the London jazz scene in which she took an active part as a vocalist and improvisor. She works across black study, critical theory, and sound and music studies. Her research and teaching looks to black expression for ways to understand modern and contemporary life, which is to say, she explores works and practices for what they can provide by way of social theory.

She is currently focused on a second book project, tentatively entitled Billie’s Bent Elbow: The Standard as Revolutionary Intoxication. As an ongoing part of her research and teaching, she experiments with approaches to study and writing, drawn from sound practices. She is a member of Le Mardi Gras Listening Collective, a group of friends who, whenever possible, study, listen to music and eat good food together.

 

As a reminder, our mask rules are triggered automatically by the CDC Community Level. Masks are option on campus when Community Levels are medium or low; however, anyone is welcome to wear a mask at any time on campus. Please continue to manage your personal health in ways that you are most comfortable while protecting public health. You can view the current campus CDC Community Levels at coronavirus.pitt.edu.

Friday, November 4 at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cathedral of Learning, CL0213
Fifth Ave at Bigelow, Pittsburgh, 15213

Visiting Scholar Series: Fumi Okiji

FREE with registration.

Join us as Visiting Scholar Fumi Okiji discusses "Aesthetic form in musique informelle and the new thing"

Location: Cathedral of Learning Room CL0213

Abstract: While a diversity of scholarship has found remarkable consensus in narrating the emergence of the new thing, and, incidentally, the contemporaneous developments in the European and Euro-American avant-garde, as the rejection of external forms and an accompanying absorption in what might be understood as raw sonic material, I am interested in what aesthetic form contributes to the picture. I propose that the new thing be recognized as an unadulteration of the core motivation of the music we call jazz—namely, the pursuit of moments of complete communion; in other words, the pursuit of aesthetic form.

 

Fumi Okiji arrived at the academy by way of the London jazz scene in which she took an active part as a vocalist and improvisor. She works across black study, critical theory, and sound and music studies. Her research and teaching looks to black expression for ways to understand modern and contemporary life, which is to say, she explores works and practices for what they can provide by way of social theory.

She is currently focused on a second book project, tentatively entitled Billie’s Bent Elbow: The Standard as Revolutionary Intoxication. As an ongoing part of her research and teaching, she experiments with approaches to study and writing, drawn from sound practices. She is a member of Le Mardi Gras Listening Collective, a group of friends who, whenever possible, study, listen to music and eat good food together.

 

As a reminder, our mask rules are triggered automatically by the CDC Community Level. Masks are option on campus when Community Levels are medium or low; however, anyone is welcome to wear a mask at any time on campus. Please continue to manage your personal health in ways that you are most comfortable while protecting public health. You can view the current campus CDC Community Levels at coronavirus.pitt.edu.

Friday, November 4 at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cathedral of Learning, CL0213
Fifth Ave at Bigelow, Pittsburgh, 15213

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