Neumann Lecture on Music, "Accompaniment as Social Practice"

February 26, 2018, 7:30 PM
Brown Alley Room, Weinstein Hall

Dr. George Lipsitz, speaker

Accompaniment is not just a formal musical practice. It is a disposition, a sensibility, a pattern of behavior, and a cultivated capacity with enormous social significance.  In music and in social life, accompaniment can produce an ethical practice of co-creation and improvisation that is sorely needed in this historical moment saturated with hate, hurt and fear.   

George Lipsitz is Professor of Black Studies and Sociology at the university of CAlifornia, Santa Barbara. In addition to his many publications, he serves as editor of the ethnic studies journal Kalfou and the  Insubordiate Spaces book series at Temple University Press, as co-editor of the American Crossroads series at the University of California Press, as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, and as editorial board member of Popular Music and Society. Lipsitz was awarded the American Studies Association Angela Y. Davis Prize for Public Scholarship in 2013 and the Bode-Pearson for Prize for Career Distinction in 2016.