Section XII: The Transformative Power of Art

Track 2: Eco-Acoustics: The Powerful Ecologies of Music
(Sheri Kling and Ann Hidalgo)

 

Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and others firmly planted music deep within environmental action. Yet humans have always listened to, and co-created with, the sounds of the natural world. In this track, we’ll explore music not only as a means of protest, but also as an aesthetic ecology and a way of participating with, and attending to, “the other”.

 

Possible session themes (order/schedule to be determined):

  • Song of the Earth screening: Mahler’s music, nature speaking, joint with Anima Mundi track, and Film track, possibly Imaginal Communities track, possibly also with Aesthetics East & West track. (Jason Starr, Marjorie Suchocki)
  • Song of the Earth discussion (Jason and group)
  • Music, Justice and Change: use of music (especially rap, hip hop, folk, rock) in movements for ecological/social change; (Jon Gill, Byrd McDaniel, check out this link:  http://www.processphilosophy.org/protest-music-rap-folk-and-rock.html)
  • Worship and Hymns: how hymn singing can affect beliefs, commitments and action. (Jorge Lockward and Ann Hidalgo)
  • Roots of American Music 1: Spirituals, Blues (Alan, Mavis lead with others/performances, and Byrd McDaniel?)
  • Roots of American Music 2: Ragtime and Jazz (Alan, Mavis lead with others/performances, and Byrd?)
  • Roots of American Music 3: Folk traditions (Alan, Mavis, Alan, Mavis lead with others/performances, Byrd?)
  • Closing discussion and outcomes, if any?

Schedule:

Day

Time

Title/Theme/Film

Presenters

Friday

2:00 PM

Rap, Hip-Hop, Popular Performance Practices

Jon Gill and Byrd McDaniel

Friday

4:00 PM

Roots of American Music – Spirituals

Al & Mavis Streyffeler

Sat

11:00 AM

Contemporary Composition

Madelyn Byrne

Sat

2:00 PM

“Everywhere and Forever – Mahler’s Song of the Earth”

Jason Starr and Marjorie Suchocki

Sat

4:00 PM

“What the Universe Tells Me”

Jason Starr and Marjorie Suchocki

Sun

11:00 AM

Worship & Hymns

Jorge Lockward, Bob Hurd, Ann Hidalgo

Sun

2:00 PM

Roots of American Music – Gospel/Blues

Al & Mavis Streyffeler

Sun

4:00 PM

Contemporary Composition & Closing Discussion

Kaleel Skeirik

 

Working Group:

Ann Hidalgo
Jason Starr
Alan and Mavis Streyffeler
Jon Gill
Byrd McDaniel
Jorge Lockward