11/7/2021

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Migration, Transcription, and Songs of Freedom

This Zoom event, with a live component for folks in Los Angeles, will combine art, conversation and song. In presenting Erik Moskowitz and Amanda Trager’s new Song-Portrait project, the event will connect surprising adjacencies between Nova Scotia, Los Angeles, Mexico, Jamaica and Africa through storytelling and song.

The event will feature a live musical performance of a commissioned song from Los Angeles based Mexican-American musician Gemma Castro, and include speakers such as Joshua Kun (author, academic, music critic and 2016 MacArthur Fellow), Sarah Kessler (USC scholar working in Sound studies and Voice Theory), as well as Daphne Brooks (Professor, Yale University and author of Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound).

Theresa Brewster, founder and director of the Glace Bay UNIA Cultural Museum (near Sydney, Nova Scotia), will be a featured guest. Her museum is the original site of the UNIA center, which was part of Marcus Garvey’s Black transnationalist movement.

This event is dedicated to the idea that, to paraphrase Josh Kun, studying the origins of music can teach us about the past, but also help us survive the present, and imagine new futures.

Migration, Transcription, and Songs of Freedom will happen 
Sunday, November 7th at 2PM PST
(*this is the first day of Daylight Savings)

The program will be approximately 90 minutes.

Send contributions to help make this community event possible HERE