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KU Cello Club Conference: April 14-17, 2021

Behind the Music: Exploring Social Issues in Music


Panel:  Addressing Social Issues in Music with Du Yun, Mazz Swift, and inti figgis-vizueta

Moderated by Hannah Collins and Connor Sullivan

Renowned music creators Du Yun (performer, curator, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of Angel's Bone, an opera addressing human trafficking), Mazz Swift (violinist/improvisor/composer who collaborates across genres from Silk Road to DJ Logic), and inti figgis-vizueta (composer who attempts to reconcile historical aesthetics and experimental practices with trans and indigenous futures) discuss the artist's role in reckoning with the past, raising awareness about social issues through art, and much more!



Panel:  Composing Ambiguity with Others with inti figgis-vizueta and Andrew Yee

Moderated by Bella Schwerin and Connor Sullivan

Composer inti figgis-vizueta and cellist Andrew Yee discuss their collaboration on the work Music for Transitions and take questions about notation and collaborative practices.



Panel:  Designing Music Programs for Social Impact with Nathan Schram and Jesse Henkensiefken

Moderated by Bella Schwerin

Nathan Schram, founder and artistic director of Musicambia (a program that provides music as social change in incarcerated communities) and Jesse Henkensiefken, program manager of Harmony Project KC (a music program committed to removing systemic barriers to achievement for underserved students) discuss how their programs are built and take questions about how to get involved in creating musical opportunities for underserved communities.


New Music Help Desk: Spektral Quartet and Eliza Brown

Chicago-based Grammy-nominated Spektral Quartet and composer and DePauw University faculty member Eliza Brown take questions from KU students about addressing social justice issues in music, taking risks, and more!



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