2 p.m. presentation followed by light refreshments
The idea of “movement” can refer to bodily movement, social movements or even the travels of migrants, laborers and refugees. What is it that causes sound to inspire kinetic activity, articulate solidarity and resistance, or find solace in relocation? This presentation will examine music making and listening practices from different parts of the world, exploring music’s special power to evoke a real or imagined sense of place through song, memory and technology, and its role as a vital soundtrack to the complex lives and identities of people in motion.
About the Presenter
Bertie Kibreah is an ethnomusicologist and musician who studies musical traditions of South Asia. He is especially interested in musical associations with devotion, pilgrimage, memory and protest. Beginning his musical training on piano and guitar as a young person, he later studied the North Indian tabla drum at the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music in San Rafael, California. He teaches and performs widely, working within academia as well as through music ensembles, cultural outreach programs and civic awareness initiatives. He was educated at the University of Chicago and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University Bloomington.
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