Arts & Music Day: March 1

NOTE: All Arts and Music Day events will take place on the University of Minnesota West Bank campus.

12:15 – 1:00 P.M.         Registration (Willey Hall)

1:00 – 1:10 P.M.           Opening Session (Willey Hall)

1:10 – 2:10 P.M.           Keynote address: Adam Hochschild
                                      The Price of War 1914-1918: Who Tried to Prevent the Carnage?

2:10 – 2:30 P.M.           Networking Break/Walk to Ferguson Hall

2:30 – 3:30 P.M.           Workshop Sessions (Ferguson Hall)

8000 Years to Peace
Libby Larsen, Composer
In 1986 a remarkable collaboration among Jihan Sadat, widow of slain Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat, conductor Philip Brunelle, and composer Libby Larsen resulted in the creation and performance of Coming Forth into Day. This workshop explores the role of Laureates, loved ones, composers and conductors in furthering peace in the world.

Musicking Peace: Conflict Resolution Through Collaborative Improvisation
Sarah Schmalenberger & Vanessa Cornett-Murtada, University of St. Thomas
This workshop will engage participants with sonic, conceptual, and rhetorical components of collaborative improvisation, toward developing ad hoc musical dialogues reflecting the process of peace.  The goal is to cultivate an ethos of shared “problem solving” through the use of diverse music-making materials.   Participants will learn how to create improvised music that reflects interactive processes of community building.

‘AvantJazz for Peace’: Improvising Visions of a World without War
Scott Currie, University of Minnesota

Each spring on New York City’s Lower East Side, a grassroots coalition of musicians, dancers, poets, and visual artists stage an improvisation arts festival dedicated to peaceful social change. Based on my ethnographic research with the artist collective that organizes this Vision Festival (as well as my own past experience as one of its organizers), I will explore member artists’ conceptions of “the artist’s role in waging peace,” in order to spark discussion about how improvisation can offer musicians and artists an effective means of using their talent and time to advance the cause of world peace.

Iraq Body Count
Scott Lipscomb & Hamit Dardagan
As an international group of humanitarians from the US to the UK, we knew that – in the lead up to the Iraq invasion – governments would not release the number of civilian casualties that occurred as a result of this military action. Using widely available internet sources and a database structure, we consistently tracked media reports and created what has remained an astoundingly accurate representation of the true “cost” of peace/war in terms of the loss of innocent human lives. As of November 2011, this tally stands at 113,141! This workshop discusses the process of artists/scholars coming together to organize such an effort.

Writing as a Tool for Peace and Justice
Adam Hochschild

Over the centuries journalists and activists have found the written word a powerful tool to make people aware of injustice and of ways of stopping conflict. What can we learn from them?

South African Freedom Songs: Can Music Change the World?
African Musicians Brendon Adams, Gaylene Adams, Chantay Haynes, TK Kabambes, Tyty Kabambes, Mirriam Doreen, Thandokazi May
These South African and African musicians have been shaped by apartheid and the post-apartheid period. As musicians, what did and do they hope to accomplish? They will share some of that music, reflect on its birth, and assess what impact, if any, it has on the ongoing political change in South Africa. Come prepared to sing!

3:30 – 3:45 P.M.          Networking Break

3:45 – 4:45 P.M.          Workshop Sessions (Ferguson Hall)

8000 Years to Peace
Libby Larsen, Composer
In 1986 a remarkable collaboration among Jihan Sadat, widow of slain Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat, conductor Philip Brunelle, and composer Libby Larsen resulted in the creation and performance of Coming Forth into Day. This workshop explores the role of Laureates, loved ones, composers and conductors in furthering peace in the world.

Musicking Peace: Conflict Resolution Through Collaborative Improvisation
Sarah Schmalenberger & Vanessa Cornett-Murtada, University of St. Thomas

This workshop will engage participants with sonic, conceptual, and rhetorical components of collaborative improvisation, toward developing ad hoc musical dialogues reflecting the process of peace.  The goal is to cultivate an ethos of shared “problem solving” through the use of diverse music-making materials.   Participants will learn how to create improvised music that reflects interactive processes of community building.

‘AvantJazz for Peace’: Improvising Visions of a World without War
Scott Currie, University of Minnesota
Each spring on New York City’s Lower East Side, a grassroots coalition of musicians, dancers, poets, and visual artists stage an improvisation arts festival dedicated to peaceful social change. Based on my ethnographic research with the artist collective that organizes this Vision Festival (as well as my own past experience as one of its organizers), I will explore member artists’ conceptions of “the artist’s role in waging peace,” in order to spark discussion about how improvisation can offer musicians and artists an effective means of using their talent and time to advance the cause of world peace.

Iraq Body Count
Scott Lipscomb & Hamit Dardagan

As an international group of humanitarians from the US to the UK, we knew that – in the lead up to the Iraq invasion – governments would not release the number of civilian casualties that occurred as a result of this military action. Using widely available internet sources and a database structure, we consistently tracked media reports and created what has remained an astoundingly accurate representation of the true “cost” of peace/war in terms of the loss of innocent human lives. As of November 2011, this tally stands at 113,141! This workshop discusses the process of artists/scholars coming together to organize such an effort.

Writing as a Tool for Peace and Justice
Adam Hochschild

Over the centuries journalists and activists have found the written word a powerful tool to make people aware of injustice and of ways of stopping conflict. What can we learn from them?

South African Freedom Songs: Can Music Change the World?
African Musicians Brendon Adams, Gaylene Adams, Chantay Haynes, TK Kabambes, Tyty Kabambes, Mirriam Doreen, Thandokazi May
These South African and African musicians have been shaped by apartheid and the post-apartheid period. As musicians, what did and do they hope to accomplish? They will share some of that music, reflect on its birth, and assess what impact, if any, it has on the ongoing political change in South Africa. Come prepared to sing!

4:45 – 5:00 P.M.          Networking Break

5:00 – 6:15 P.M.          Keynote: Pre-concert Lecture (Ted Mann Concert Hall)                                                       Mark Russell Smith and Kathy S. Romey

6:15 – 7:30 P.M.          Networking Break

7:30 – 10:00 P.M.        Concert: Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem
                                     (separate ticket required)