Dr. Chris Tonelli, Popular Music Studies, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Monday, September 23, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Free and open to all. Jacob Siskind Music Resource Centre (MacOdrum 503)
Dr. Chris Tonelli recently completed the book Voices Found: Free Jazz and Singing (Routledge 2019), a study of the history of free jazz voice, its connections to scat, sound poetry, and other vocal and interdisciplinary arts, and a philosophy of both what we expect from the voice and what happens when human voices produce sounds audiences don’t hear as (capital H) Human. In this talk, Dr. Tonelli will give an introduction to some of the key figures in the history of free jazz voice, the ethico-aesthetics of the practices they developed, the technological and interdisciplinary circumstances that shaped their music, and the ways their often unconventional sounds have yielded disruptive and liberating effects. Dr Tonelli will also discuss choral improvisation as a form of inclusive and intercultural community music practice and the ways practice-centered research and applied ethnomusicology have enriched his work.