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Experiments in sound and performance: NYC and beyond hits Pratt Institute

JORDANNAH ELIZABETH | 3/9/2017, midnight
Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, a private, nonprofit art and design school recently hosted an event on experimental music.
Camae Ayewa performs under the moniker Moor Mother. Contributed

Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, a private, nonprofit art and design school recently hosted an event on experimental music. Three Black female musicians, authors and scholars, along with Pratt history professor, Cisco Bradley, shared presentations on Black experimental music, avant garde music and jazz from unique angles and perspective of observation and research. Bradley, who curated the panel that followed the presentations, also spoke on “The Politics of Art Space in the Brooklyn Experimental Music Scene.”

Rashida K. Braggs, assistant professor of Africana Studies at Williams College and author of “Jazz Diaspora: Race, Music and Migration in Post-World War II Paris,” gave a talk on “Experimentations in Jazz Research: The Play of Sidney Bechet.” Musician Camae Ayewa, also known as Moor Mother, author of “Fetish Bones,” spoke on collective futurism. This writer spoke on the topic “The Responsibility of the Black Woman Critic: Using Mainstream Platforms to Highlight Women of Color in Experimental Music.”

These three women shared their experiences, artistry and understanding of Black American music. It is always important to listen learn about art from different perspective, and Black women don’t get enough due for their contributions to music criticism, historical analyzation and the building of archival information for museums, universities and American culture in general.