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George Lewis, the 2020 Frost Distinguished Composer in Residence with the Music Composition Department., is the Edwin H. Professor of American Music at Columbia University. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, Lewis’s other honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Doris Duke Artist Award. Lewis is His talk will present experiential observations and historical context about how a new vision of classical music might intersect with the new opportunities offered by the Black Lives Matter movement. To maintain creative depth, new music can and must recognize and explore a creolized vision of its identity, with a variety of perspectives, histories, traditions, methods, and cross-connections--not so much to achieve diversity as to pursue a new complexity, a radically revised understanding of the relations between identity, aesthetics, sound, and subjectivation that affect everything we experience—not only in music, but also in the wider world beyond the purview of the arts.
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